2020 Menino Survey of Mayors: COVID-19 Recovery and the Future of Cities

2020 Menino Survey of Mayors: COVID-19 Recovery and the Future of Cities

American mayors are deeply concerned about the long-term economic impact of COVID-19 on vulnerable populations, small businesses, and the transportation, education, and arts and cultural sectors in their cities, a report from Boston University's Initiative on Cities finds. Funded by Citi Community Development and the Rockefeller Foundation and based on responses from a hundred and thirty mayors of cities with at least 750,000 residents, the 2020 Menino Survey of Mayors: COVID-19 Recovery and the Future of Cities (26 pages, PDF) found that roughly two in three respondents expected that African-Americans, Latinx, renters, and immigrants would continue to experience significant negative impacts of the pandemic through the summer of 2021, half of respondents don't expect the arts and cultural sector to return to "normal" until after 2021, and more than 40 percent said the same of mass transit, colleges and universities, and public schools, with 45 percent anticipating "dramatic" cuts to school budgets. The report also found that only 36 percent of respondents believed that the loss of small businesses would be offset by the emergence of new businesses, while more than 80 percent of mayors thought that racial health disparities in their cities would persist despite the disproportionate impact COVID-19 has had on Black and brown communities and 49 percent expected racial wealth gaps to widen.

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