26 Aug 2020

How can post-Covid ghost cities be avoided?

Europe Editor and Presenter

The streets around many cities lie quiet with most workers no longer commuting to desks in offices that lie empty.

Since lockdown eased, the numbers of people seeking a different way of life has grown exponentially – with a 126 per cent increase of people looking to leave cities and move to villages, according to one property site.

But is it just a pipe dream that will fade away as we go back to our old routines, or will this be a moment of real revolution – changing the way we live and work and changing the shape of our cities and towns forever?

Matt Frei reports on how the massive shifts wrought by Covid-19 are forcing us to think again about what we want from where we live.