CASA Seminar Series: Karen Chapple, University of Toronto
13 October 2021, 5:00 pm–6:00 pm
Pandemic polycentricity? Mobility and migration patterns in U.S. cities over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. This event has been arranged by CASA the Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis
This event is free.
Pandemic polycentricity? Mobility and migration patterns in U.S. cities over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic
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About the talk
The expectation of a mass movement out of cities due to the rise of remote work associated with the Covid-19 pandemic, is counter to longstanding theories of the benefits of agglomeration economies. It suggests centrifugal shifts of economic activity that could boost neighbourhood economies at the expense of the downtown core. Using mobile phone data from SafeGraph, we track migration and daily mobility patterns throughout four U.S. metropolitan areas (Austin, New York, San Diego, and San Francisco) between July 2019 and June 2021. We find that diverse suburban centres and exurban areas have generally bounced back more quickly than dense specialized commercial districts, but outcomes vary depending on local economic structure and urban form.
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at University of Toronto
About the speaker
Karen Chapple, PhD, is the inaugural Director of the School of Cities at the University of Toronto, where she also serves as Professor in the Department of Geography and Planning. She is Professor Emerita of City & Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley, where she served as department chair and held the Carmel P. Friesen Chair in Urban Studies. Chapple studies inequalities in the planning, development, and governance of regions in the U.S. and Latin America, with a focus on economic development and housing.More about Karen Chapple