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Downtown Futures Series: Global Trends Affecting North American Downtowns

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While the pandemic is a colossal disruption, it is more of an accelerator than a game-changer.

The combination of COVID-19, the resulting economic crisis, and increased social unrest have presented real challenges for downtowns across America. Personal health concerns, massive job losses, and the fear of violence associated with continued social unrest have clouded the future of downtowns, including the Chicago Loop.
 
But while the pandemic is a colossal disruption, it is more of an accelerator than a game-changer. Join a panel of experts as they discuss their prediction that downtowns will regain momentum and find new and old ways to thrive. Learn about demographic trends, lifestyle choices, disruptive health, economic, physical, and social changes that will lead the Loop to a better and more sustainable future.

Moderator: David Broz, Principal, Gensler
Panelists: Brad Segal, President, Progressive Urban Management Associates (P.U.M.A.); Lesley Roth, Associate Principal/Director of Urban Planning, RATIO

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