Cities are adopting ‘smart’ technology in an effort to become more efficient and save costs, but will the Covid-19 outbreak dent their progress?
Cities and urban issues
As the economic impact of coronavirus unfolds, 37 emerging markets are at most risk of mass protests in the coming months, a recent report shows.
London’s commercial real estate market appears to be weathering the Covid-19 lockdown. And although demand and supply have been hit, the crisis is presenting some unique opportunities.
US infrastructure has been badly hit by the Covid-19 outbreak, but there are hopes that the post-pandemic environment will see a refreshed approach to public-private partnership (PPP) projects.
London’s rise to become Europe’s premier start-up hub shows no signs of abating, even during the Covid-10 lockdown.
Incorporating environmental, social, and governance (ESG) criteria was seen as a ticking box exercise for many companies. However, it has recently emerged as a deal-maker within an economic development community coping with a pandemic.
With the working from home revolution brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic unlikely to go away, a lack of future demand for office space is concerning investors, with many now considering conversions into alternative uses.
Travel restrictions are affecting infrastructure investment, even though many due diligence processes can be carried out remotely.
While the Covid-19 pandemic is locking down many countries, opportunities are arising to complete infrastructure projects on empty roads and streets, while governments are being given a stark lesson on the importance of their digital frameworks.