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The post-lockdown city is a strange place. Streets are quiet, shops are empty, and office workers are, mostly, still safely ensconced at home. But while Covid-19 has wrought chaos, it’s also prompted long-overdue questions about the value of public space and the importance of its design. This isn’t a new conversation, but coronavirus has given city councils the opportunity to make change. Milan has announced that it’s rethinking 22 miles of road to make more space for pedestrians and cyclists, and Bogotá is opening 47 extra miles of bike lanes. London has introduced large car-free areas, and other cities are also planning to widen pavements to make streets more pedestrian-friendly.

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