In these uncertain times, one thing is certain - transportation is more important than ever.
Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, and its spread across the globe, density and public transit have been blamed as unsafe and a factor in the spread of coronavirus.
What’s the future of density, housing and transit during—and post—COVID-19?
The pandemic is illuminating what we already know - density in and of itself isn’t what makes communities vulnerable, it’s the kind of density and the way it impacts how people live. As Massachusetts looks toward opening parts of the economy in the coming weeks and months, we need to focus on what will make our communities healthy and prosperous now and in the future.
This panel explores examples of dense urban areas nationally that are successfully fighting the pandemic. They discusses lessons learned that can influence better infrastructure policies at the state and federal level, and they cover how the COVID-19 pandemic recovery plan will need to address the pre-existing housing crisis.
BIO: Amy Dain
Amy Dain is an independant public policy research consultant in Newton, MA. She is also a research associated with the CommonWealth Magazine. She has spent eighteen years working on state and local policy issues in Massachusetts. At the Collins Center for Public Management, she organized StatNet, a network of city and town managers who meet to learn from each other about data-driven decision-making. At Pioneer Institute, she designed and managed a major study on land use regulation and housing in greater Boston, authored papers, and presented findings at events across the state. She earned her Masters in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
BIO: Wendell T. Joseph
Wendell Joseph is an urban planner at Sasaki Associates.
He has a passion to help shape our world by helping to facilitate the growth and well-being of our cities and communities and providing practical solutions to complex urban and social issues. He believes it is the responsibility of urban planners to justly and equitably manage and facilitate the growth, development, and well-being of cities and communities – and everyone who shares and benefits from them – as they grow and develop over time.