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The Pandemic Shows What Cars Have Done to Cities

Sarah Best

27th April 2020

In this article from The Atlantic the author discusses one of the consequences of the lockdown in cities like New York.

Although aspects such as a reduction in air and noise pollution is highlighted, the focus is more on how a wider discussion of the use of urban space has been managed, the car seen as a priority with more space is set aside to build vast highways for instance.

The lockdown has largely meant that many cities are now car-free to an extent, and the author suggests that city planners consider whether our priorities can and should change once cities begin to 're-open.'

This article could be used for the Global Development unit.

Sarah Best

Sarah is a passionate full-time Head of Sociology and Psychology and has worked in a variety in schools in the UK, and she is currently working in a British international school. She is keen to develop and boost the profile of both subjects.

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