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Re-allocating space on streets to accommodate new uses – particularly for walking, biking, and being – is not new. However, COVID-era needs have accelerated the process that many communities use to make such street transitions. Many communities quickly understood that the street is actually a public place and a public good that serves broader public needs more urgent than the free flow or the storage of private vehicles. This seminar describes a new case study book that captures some of these quick changes to city streets in response to societal needs during COVID, with two open questions: 1. What changes will endure post-COVID?; and 2. Will communities be more open to street reconfigurations, including quick and inexpensive trials, going forward?


Clare Haley, University of Oregon Clare Haley will graduate from the University of Oregon’s Community and Regional Planning program in June 2021. Clare is a 2020-21 Eisenhower Transportation Fellow and is interested in micromobility and mobility justice. Clare serves as co-president of LiveMove, a project-driven active transportation student organization. John Larson-Friend, University of Oregon John Larson-Friend is a Graduate Student in Community and Regional Planning at the University of Oregon. He is interested in issues of equity, justice, and technological advancement surrounding transportation. In the Spring of 2020, John created the first national database of U.S. transit agencies’ responses to COVID-19 as part of a NITC scholarship. He is currently the Planning Intern for the City of Cottage Grove, is researching Equity in Shared Mobility with Dr. Anne Brown, and will graduate in June 2021. Marc Schlossberg, University of Oregon Marc Schlossberg is a Professor of city and regional planning and co-Director of the Sustainable Cities Institute at the University of Oregon. The focus of his work is on re-designing cities so that more people can use low or no carbon, space efficient transport more of the time. He is a two time Fulbright Scholar. Aliza Whalen, University of Oregon Aliza Whalen is a Graduate Student in Community and Regional Planning at the University of Oregon. She is a 2020-21 Eisenhower Transportation Fellow and National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC) Master’s Student of the Year who is interested in transportation equity and improving mobility outcomes. Aliza will graduate in June 2021


COVID-19 (Disease), Urban community development, City planning


Transportation | Urban Studies

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Webinar: Rethinking Streets During COVID