Will covid-19 change the future of city life? Many people don’t understand this, but small changes in our daily routines are happening because of coronavirus. From choosing to order food online, to reserving your own desk at an office building. Those are all changes that are very likely to stay even after the pandemic is over. Let’s see how a futuristic city might look like due to the covid-19 pandemic.
Doing our research we stumbled upon a video on youtube.com.
The channel that uploads it is called the Wall Street Journal and the video has over 3 million views.
In it, a young woman describes how she thinks our daily lives might change in the future. It is very interesting to see how much exactly we will get used to doing things online. This way we won’t actually have to be present somewhere.
Imagine a life, where you get up in the morning and have to reserve your desk at the office building via mobile app. After that, you choose online what meal you want to have and from where you want to order it. People will have to shift working hours and distribute them, because of commute density during peak hours. Urban life is not the same as it was before. Now, more than ever many people live in big cities. And given this pandemic and the problem with crowded spaces, we will have to adjust to a new normal life.
The idea for staggering work hours and shifts is to help reduce overcrowding of spaces. As we can see Covid-19 is here for 2 years of our lives. It is here to stay for no one knows how long. Companies are struggling to find a way that they can continue operating without cutting off employees, due to overcrowding in the workspaces.
At the start of the pandemic many big and small companies were forced to let go of some of their employees. The reason was to avoid commute density in working spaces. Now the world is slowly trying to get back to normal. Many companies have broken down and lost everything due to the pandemic, for example – Swarovski. One of the reasons why this happens is because production places weren’t safe to work in for many people at once.
A survey of corporate real estate professionals was found out that 60% of them think that remote work will continue after the covid pandemic.
So there might be a big chance that integrated booking apps on our phones will be the “new wave” and important for how we manage our daily lives. We might use them to tell us if a certain workspace in an office building is overcrowded, or if there is a free meeting room available and for what hours precisely.
Touchless technologies are something we should be looking forward to more and more.
Of course, these changes are gonna be more so for people that work in big companies, in big buildings, with many people. According to one research company, around 25 000 US stores could have permanently closed in 2020. The pandemic has made online shopping not just a bonus, but a necessity. Retailers need to take everything they offer online in hope that their business will survive this way.
Many people don’t own a personal car, or even if they do, they prefer to get on the bus or metro, to avoid traffic and parking. Getting to work, or shops, or schools by riding a bicycle is something that many municipalities are encouraging people to do.
This will help not to overcrowd public transport and also help people stay active, as that is vital for their health and well being.
We will definitely see more bikes sideways on our streets and that is surely a good thing.
So what can you expect from a future life in the city? Crowded spaces will most likely be a thing of the past. More and more people will prefer to order things like clothes and food online. Local businesses will likely close down, due to the fact that many people stop going to actual stores.
But let’s not forget that these changes will help us stay safe during living with coronavirus.
Author: Mihaela Ahchieva