Founder’s Edition: Our Economy Depends On Sidewalks

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It’s currently my fourth time visiting London. With each visit I notice the obvious: the notorious red buses and telephone stands, the local passerby’s British accent (which I envy), the smells of baked breads and fried food from scattered pubs, the jaw-dropping historical architecture, and most of all, the almost always continuous gloom and rain (love).

This time however, something else caught my eye: London’s bustle. Almost every borough I visited and every restaurant I passed was packed. The streets were congested with black cabs and Ubers (yes, even with little to no petrol) so I pondered how—despite the ongoing effects of COVID-19—life seemed to go on as usual here.

A simple reason? The streets. The connectedness of the city and availability of convenient and affordable public transportation is what keeps people out instead of in—there is constant life to be lived. In reality, not all metropolitan areas possess these advantages. Fragmented and populous cities that require a car inhibit the incentive to step out for a quick bite. Instead, residents think “I’ll just whip up a sandwich since by the time I get to the restaurant after all the traffic and find parking, I could have already finished eating at home.”

While the social and economic climate is not what it used to be prior to Brexit and COVID-19, accessible cities such as London are thriving somewhat due to the convenient sheer formatting and layout of the city.

Moral of the story: more sidewalks, more places. More places, more walking. More walking, more spending. More spending, more operating businesses. More operating businesses, healthier economies. Basically, more life.

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About The Editor

Born in Los Angeles, CA and a Masters graduate of University of Southern California’s MSc Marketing program, Judy is the founder of Curated Today. She enjoys learning about the psychology aspect of marketing and writing about the nature of consumer behavior trends.