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2020 Menino Survey of Mayors: COVID-19 Recovery and the Future of Cities   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Introduction: "In March of 2020, COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] upended life in American cities. It tragically claimed hundreds of thousands of lives. It devastated families, economies, jobs, and routines. [...] From the beginning, cities and mayors have had to deal with COVID-19's immediate consequences and its impact on their futures. They have had to make public health and economic decisions in an unprecedented public health and economic crisis. As part of the 2020 Menino Survey of Mayors, between June and August of 2020 we asked a nationally representative set of 130 mayors about the COVID-19 pandemic, their responses to it, and their expectations about its consequences. In this report, we outline mayors' a) responses to the global pandemic, b) perceptions of its impact, and c) expectations for the future of their cities. While COVID-19 is an ongoing health, economic, and social crisis, much of this report is forward looking. Many of the questions are about mayors' expectations for the future. Thus, given the centrality of COVID-19 and related issues to cities and mayors, much of this report can be read as a summary of mayors' views on priorities and challenges in the coming months and years as they consider urban life beyond the pandemic."

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Boston University
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