Can our Cities come back from Covid?

  • Monday, 18 January, 2021
    13:00 - 14:00

Policy Exchange hosted a lecture, to mark the relaunch of Policy Exchange’s Liveable London Unit, by

Professor Ed Glaeser
Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics Harvard University

chaired by

Trevor Phillips OBE
former Chairman, Greater London Authority

Cities around the world have been shut down by the Covid-19 pandemic. Commuters have stayed at home; shops and restaurants have been forced to close. Policy Exchange’s Liveable London Unit is therefore being relaunched at a time of crisis. Will the deserted streets of our cities come back to life in 2021 – or are cities as we knew them gone for good? The Chair of the Advisory Council of the Liveable London Unit, Professor Ed Glaeser, Professor of Economics at Harvard University and author of Triumph of the City is one of the world’s foremost urban economists and best placed to offer an authoritative answer.

Together with the other members of the Advisory Council he will examine how cities like London might evolve in the years ahead. Building on Policy Exchange’s body of work on the capital, originally launched at the Shard in 2015 by Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP, during his London Mayoralty, the Liveable London Unit will be examining London’s future and the policies, from transport to housing and policing, that can help it to prosper

You can read the transcription of Professor Glaeser’s event here. And you can view the slides below