COVID-19 continues to hit our urban areas hardest, munciplaities across Canada are assessing the impact, looking for opportunities, and adjusting official plans to account for a changing world. The Region of Waterloo teamed up with the University of Waterloo to mobilize leading experts in four aspects of urban development to report on how COVID-19 would impact its Offical Plan.
The studies were presented at a symposium hosted by the School of Planning's Clarence Woudsma, and the studies were collected and made public.
Economy and Work
Can our public infrastructure weather the COVID-19 storm? — Wayne Parker, Kimia Aghasadeghi, Sigrid Peldszus, Peter Huck, Bruce, MacVicar, Matthew Iannetta, Anelisa Schmidt and Nadine Ibrahim
Civil Engineering and Public Infrastructure - Roads Can COVID-19 Benefit the Health of our Assets and Humans? — Seyedata Nahidi, Nadine Ibrahim and Susan Tighe
Reassessing Public Transportation in a Post-Pandemic World — Jeffrey Casello, William Towns and Adam Fraser
Density and Housing
COVID-19 and Urban Density: Evaluating the Arguments — Markus Moos, Amanda McCulley and Tara Vinodrai
Can the 15 minute walking city save intensification hubs in and beyond the COVID 19 pandemic — Neluka Leanage and Pierre Filion
Social and Environmental
Supporting Community Well-Being: Reconsidering The Role Of Public Spaces In Current And Future Pandemics — Lindsay Nooren, Mandy Tang, Jennifer Dean and Troy D. Glover
Resilient Food Systems in the Region of Waterloo — Marta Veenhof and Leia Minaker
First Nation-Municipal Relationships: Best Practices and Emerging Challenges in the Context of COVID-19 — Janice Barry and Katie Turriff