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The Future of Megacities

Tuesday December 2020


Richard Florida University Professor at University of Toronto’s School of Cities and Rotman School of Management, Distinguished Fellow at NYU and FIU, and Co-Founder and Senior Editor, City Lab
Edward Glaeser Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University; Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute
Janette Sadik-Khan Principal, Bloomberg Associates; former commissioner, New York City Department of Transportation

Covid-19 challenges the growth of modern megacities. Crowded urban areas, from New York to London and Mumbai to São Paulo, have accounted for a disproportionate share of deaths from the virus. This is not the first time plague has come for cities, and it won’t be the last. Each time, they have bounced back.

What is the future for large, superstar cities after the pandemic ends? What lessons do they have to offer, not only for important policy questions, but broader debates around growth or equity? Our urban future likely depends on the choices we make today.