COVID-19 has created challenges and opportunities in cities and towns across the world - and city streets have been subject to extraordinary changes. Pop-up bike lanes, curbside pickup, open streets, and outdoor dining are now familiar, recognizable sights. A research team from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, funded by UMass Extension and in collaboration with MassINC and WalkBoston, undertook several research projects to document these changes, and explore how tomorrow’s streetscapes will look different, healthier, and more accessible for every city resident or visitor.

The research, performed over the Summer of 2020, is reported in the section 'Street and Public Space Interventions', with the common goal to describe the COVID-19 pandemic through the lens of social infrastructure - the places and sources of living activity that sustainably support the development of subjective well-being, social capital, and important communal relationships.

Presentations and publications, based on the above-described research, can be found in the section 'Presentations and Publications'.

All materials from the Fall 2020 Pandemic Course are shared in the section 'Fall 2020 Pandemic Course Materials.

Photographs registering the impact of COVID-19 on streetscapes are published in the 'Photographs' section.

If you have any questions, please contact: Michael Di Pasquale,


Browse the COVID-19 Pandemic: Impact on Cities, Planning and Design Collections:

Fall 2020 Pandemic Course Materials


Presentations and Publications

Street and Public Space Interventions