Why does the loss of urban activities lead to the death of cities?

The introduction of the new virus, Covid-19, has brought the urban activities within cities to a decline. Some basic functions of the cities have become meaningless. This has started to cause the new upcoming issue of a city’s death, but how can we figure out a solution to this problem?

Several factors have led to a sharp decline in urban activity, and that has a direct impact on the normal operation of the city. For example, in some cases when people are forced to work from home and stores are forced to close, rent is lost, and many people will be in financial trouble. At the same time, reduced revenue from the transportation system will also put a big burden on municipal income. Furthermore, some major events such as Covid-19 puts enormous pressure on the health system of cities. According to the Journal Article Characteristics Associated with Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrests and Resuscitations During the Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 Pandemic in New York City, Risk factors for out-of-hospital death due to novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) are poorly defined. From March 1 to April 25, 2020, New York City, New York (NYC), reported 17 118 COVID-19–related deaths. On April 6, 2020, out-of-hospital cardiac arrests peaked at 305 cases, nearly a 10-fold increase from the prior year.

After those negative effects appear in cities, some basic functions of cities have become useless. Firstly, people who work in their home leads to issues of public transportation and working places are empty in buildings. For example, according to the BBC's report, we learned that compared with the first quarter, the second quarter of 2020, the London Underground had a profit decrease by 90%, including the profit of advertising, transportation and so on. The mall was closed to keep fewer people together, all of these represent the disappearance of some important basic functions of the city. Can the disappearance of these basic functions be solved by promulgating some solutions?

The large-scale social issues are like rust to the whole economy, making the economic machine, which was running at high speed, stagnant and stuck. Faced with such a situation, measure such as effective control of the large-scale social issues was not only effective in preventing the further spread of the epidemic, but the economy actually conformed to the laws of recoverability. A very distinguished British development economist John Collier mentioned that cities still owned the remarkable economic performance. The real-name registration system could ensure most part of safety events in the world. Meanwhile, the censorship of identity must be strict. For example, any personal activities like shopping need to be recorded. There will be one specially-assigned person check people who get in and out each public buildings. That would avoid most dangerous security events in the city.

With the new outbreak of Covid-19 causing several factors leading to a decline in the city’s iconic activities, it has started to cause the death of a city. This led to searching for solutions and way for the city to bring back the iconic activities while keeping to the restrictions by the government. But how long would this last?


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