Data-driven human-centred city shaping: A COVID case study

By Lucinda Hartley | Co-Founder Neighbourlytics

The Covid-19 pandemic has impacted every aspect of our lives, especially in our cities. The question citymakers should be asking is where and how?

Where we shop, how we work, and how we socially connect with each other has adapted and changed radically in such a short space of time.

In my own city of Melbourne, you could glance at the empty stadiums and vacant roads, and think much of the population has vanished. But have we as citizens really ‘disappeared’ from community and economic life? Or, perhaps, does place activity look different now?

There’s less physical activity happening in our cities and far more digital activity taking place. Less centralised city-centre action, and more localised neighbourhood connection.

- The New Local: Data Report, September 2020

Did you know that some local areas are busier than ever? It depends on how you look at it.

At Neighoburlytics we released The New Local: Data Report - a new perspective on our cities, in which we compared local neighbourhoods in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney on five key areas, categorised as at-risk industries or in-demand assets.

The term, “The New Local”, is the key trend we are seeing in the data time and time again during the pandemic in our cities, and it is changing the way citymakers should understand places as they plan for action and response. Here I’ll explain what that means.

Activity has never been higher, it just looks different now.

You can download 'The New Local' report here:

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