10 Steps We Can Take to Never Have a Year Like 2020: # 9 Restructure our cities

Again the Quebec magazine L’actualitê has an interesting feature article in its April edition dealing with COVID-19 and translated it means what are the steps we can take to ensure we don’t have a year like 2020?

Christian Savard the director general of “Vivre en Ville” said that it was not only Montreal green spots that have experienced a boom but suburban parks as well. The increased use of these parks show us just how important it is to our lives and collective resilience.

Experts on urban planning agree that the greening of cities should be accelerated to make us more resilient to future crisis whether health or climate change related. One must not underestimate the value of trees. Not only do they purify the air but create areas of natural cooling and help combat stress and anxiety.

Cyril Frazao executive director of Nature Quebec says that the access to nature must be a right for all not simply for those that can leave the city easily in their cars.

Urban planning laws are over 40 years old and were based on the automobile and real estate construction. The post pandemic world must be greener and more inclusive.

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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