In the COVID-19 era, cities must build back better

Published in The Hamilton Spectador

By Robert Muggah

The COVID-19 pandemic is an urban crisis. Globally, over 95 per cent of all cases are in cities. The outbreak is precipitating a devastating health emergency and exposing the deep inequalities plaguing cities around the world. Because COVID will be with us for years, cities and their residents will have to learn to live with it. They should also seize the opportunity to build back more resilient urban spaces to make us safer from the present disaster, and the next one.

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