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  • COVID-19 is leading the redesign of cities and social spaces
  • COVID-19 is leading the redesign of cities and social spaces
    City of Oakland (2020) ©
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Slow Streets: re-imagining mobility in Oakland

The pandemic has transformed people’s needs and expectations of social spaces. The city of Oakland, in California, has launched Slow Streets, which reduces traffic to enable physically distanced activities and exercise. Can other cities use this moment to create safer, greener landscapes?

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The COVID-19 pandemic has meant neighborhoods – indeed, most places frequented by crowds – are anything but safe. But as lockdowns around the world are eased, cities and social spaces are being redesigned, possibly for good. The city of Oakland in California has launched its Slow Streets campaign, which sees streets closed to through traffic. Warren Logan, Policy Director of Mobility and Interagency Relations for the Office of the Mayor of Oakland, describes it as an “emergency response to COVID-19 and the strains it has put on public spaces”. [1] As Slow Streets is designed to create ...

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