After nearly 12 weeks of nationwide calls to mitigate the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), cities are beginning to recover from the most catastrophic crisis of many leaders’ tenure. The pandemic marked a turning point for the way metropolitan areas operate, shaping what has been repeatedly dubbed the “new normal.”
That phrase has been used to describe a new post-coronavirus reality, where major equity and infrastructure issue are exacerbated yet opportunities for change, resilience and economic stimulus are abundant. Threats of the virus are still apparent, but city departments are beginning to address how lessons learned amid the pandemic can be used to rebuild societal norms.