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The Future of Cities After COVID-19

This virtual panel discussion focuses on the potential for the COVID-19 pandemic to influence the development, demographic, and environmental trends of the future. Speakers: Allison Arieff, William Fulton, Scott Frazier, and Mariela Alfonzo. Moderator: James Brasuell.

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  • Duration 7 video lessons (57 Mins)
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  • 1. Introduction (3 mins)
  • 2. Making Sense of COVID-19 (9 mins)
  • 3. Evidence for Urban Change (7 mins)
  • 4. Transportation and Public Life (8 mins)
  • 5. The New Housing Crisis (12 mins)
  • 6. The Racial Topography of COVID-19 (8 mins)
  • 7. Call to Action (8 mins)

Course Description

This Planetizen Courses panel discussion focuses on the potential for the COVID-19 pandemic to influence the development, demographic, and environmental trends of the future. The panel gathered remotely on a Zoom call in April 2020 from homes across the country to make sense of the many opinions and speculation about the future of density, housing, transportation, demographics, and more in a world forever defined by this historic crisis.

By identifying emerging facts amid an excess of speculation and also identifying the need for more and better data, the panel clarifies the complexities of a sweeping global crisis with numerous intersections to the field of planning.

At the time of filming, tragedy and risk still outweighed opportunity, but the panel expressed hope and recommendations for how some of the changes that have defined private and public life during the pandemic might have a positive influence on the social, economic, environmental, and public health outcomes of the future.

Learn these skills

  • Economics
  • Environmental Planning
  • Housing
  • Land Use
  • Law and Policy
  • Public Health
  • Resilience Planning
  • Sustainability
  • Transportation
  • Urban Design
  • Urbanism
  • Walkability


This course is approved for 1 AICP CM credit.


This course is approved for CNU-A credit.


This course is approved for 1 SACPLAN CPD point.

Meet Your Instructor

James Brasuell

James Brasuell

James Brasuell is the managing editor of Planetizen.

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Allison Arieff

Allison Arieff

Allison Arieff is the editorial director of SPUR and a columnist for The New York Times.

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Mariela Alfonzo

Mariela Alfonzo

Mariela Alfonzo is the founder and CEO of State of Place. Mariela also has a PhD in urban and regional planning and serves on the faculty of the Tandon School of Engineering at New York University.

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Scott Frazier

Scott Frazier

Scott Frazier is one of the hosts of the L.A. Podcast. Scott is also Director of Product Management at GMV Syncromatics.

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William Fulton

William Fulton

William Fulton is the director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research and the former mayor of the city of Ventura, California.

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