Cities and Urbanization

How COVID-19 could make our cities doughnut-shaped

In London, visitors to retail and recreation spaces fell by up to 76.7% during the hight of the pandemic. Image: REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

Paul J. Maginn

Associate Professor of Urban/Regional Planning, University of Western Australia

Philip Hubbard

Professor of Urban Studies, King's College London


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Retail Trends (Non-seasonally Adjusted) Dec 2006 - October 2020 (Log Scale).
Internet sales are on the rise. Image: Dr Paul. J. Maginn (UWA, Perth, Australia) Source: ONS
Retail/Recreation Visitors, London (15 Feb - 24 Nov)
The pandemic caused a major drop in visitors to Manchester's retail and recreation centres. Image: Dr Paul. J. Maginn (UWA, Perth, Australia) Source: ONS
Image: Dr Paul. J. Maginn (UWA, Perth, Australia) Source: ONS
London Retail/Recreation Overall Ave. % Change in Visitors (Feb-Nov 2020)
London's inner-boroughs have seen the biggest drop off of retail activity, whilst the suburbs remain less effected. Image: Dr Paul. J. Maginn (UWA, Perth, Australia) Source: ONS
Topshop’s flagship store on Oxford Street.
Topshop's, who are part of the arcadia group, flagship store on the street is at risk of closure. Image: EPA-EFE/FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA
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