- The pandemic has caused a desire for those who live in urban environments to move to rural settings, where the increased space mean that lockdowns and restricted movement is easier to contend with. House prices have increased in the countryside and this has exacerbated inequalities, as generally only the wealthy can afford to buy a second home in the countryside or relocate quickly. This has been seen widely in the USA, UK but not within Europe.
- The work from home trend has contributed to the trend of people moving to the countryside, as it has become apparent that many people can work from anywhere. However, the ‘Revenge of the Countryside’ has failed, according to some and cities will remain appealing.
- There have been multigenerational interactions where many millennials have moved back in with their parents, as a result of third level colleges and universities closing and young people moving out of city apartments. Younger parents are spending all of their time with their children as they home school. While the multigenerational interactions have enhanced the importance of family relationships, these trends seem to be elastic.
- It is interesting to note that there will be different implications on the zones which make up the ‘city’. The impact of the pandemic will be different in the Metropolis Inner City, First Ring Suburbs, Outer Suburbs and Peri Urban Space.
- Trends that have been exacerbated since the pandemic will be different in the developed world in comparison to the developing world. The elasticity or inelasticity of these trends will also depend on the efficacy of the vaccine.
Geographic and Demographic Distribution
Summary of the Geographic and Demographic discussion from the previous consultation in January 2021
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