Our city centres are going through a radical transformation; as people’s perceptions and experiences of travelling to and through public spaces, are impacted by COVID-19. With fewer people heading into the city to work, there has been a shift in the way our city centres operate.
In the short-term, there has been a re-configuration in many urban centres, to allow for increased out-door dining, walking and cycling as well as spaces to play, and a reduction in vehicular traffic. This has allowed people to benefit from safe spaces for social/physical distancing, whist outside. In addition, in the wake of The Black Lives Matter movement, our streets have been spaces for demonstration and protest, which reaffirms the rightful role of public plazas and streets for social discourse.
Sustrans, briefing paper: Reinventing the high street for covid-19 recovery.