In Public Space, Pandemic Patterns Emerge

A prototypical pandemic pattern

If anyone doubted how concerns for public safety and associated protective rules guide human behavior, take a look at the seating configurations depicted above. In my mind, I hear Fred Kent, Kathy Madden, and other inheritors of William H. Whyte’s legacy.

“I told you so,” they say, as public spaces contextually reconfigure based on distancing-defined “pandemic patterns.”



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Chuck Wolfe

Charles R. Wolfe founded the Seeing Better Cities Group in Seattle and London to improve the conversation around how cities grow and evolve across the world.