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Friends of MICD,

We're excited to share our new "Talk with a Mayor" series, a collaboration with Common Edge, which premiered last week. In the first installment, Salisbury, MD Mayor Jacob Day, trained in architecture and urban design, discussed leadership in times of crisis.

It continues this week with Miami Lakes, FL Mayor Manny Cid, who has been using Zoom to improve participation at public meetings since well before the coronavirus crisis began. Check out both interviews below.

We've also seen no shortage of ideas about response and recovery from the design professionals who have been involved with MICD. We've collected a few opinion pieces by our alumni below, which we hope you enjoy.

Trinity Simons
Executive Director
Mayors' Institute on City Design
 

Governing in the time of COVID-19: A day in the life of Salisbury, MD Mayor Jacob Day


Salisbury, MD Mayor Jacob Day, like many of his fellow local leaders, is "learning on the fly" how to best serve his community during the COVID-19 pandemic. He spoke with MICD Executive Director Trinity Simons about leadership during times of crisis and what the pandemic may mean for the future of cities:

"I am the city’s chief executive, so the city continuing to function is my responsibility. But the mayor is also elected to be the city’s voice, to give order to the chaos, and to strike the right tone. I have to hit that balance on a daily basis, but especially during a crisis. People fear for their safety and their jobs right now. They expect that the city will keep running, but they’re looking to me to console and reassure."

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Conducting public meetings on Zoom: How Miami Lakes Mayor Manny Cid paved the way


Miami Lakes, FL Mayor Manny Cid has been using Zoom to improve access to public meetings since before the COVID-19 pandemic began. He spoke with MICD Executive Director Trinity Simons about the early challenges and long-term benefits:

"I started to feel frustration that we were discussing these huge budgets, and no one was really giving us feedback. Maybe two or three people would show up at these meetings where we were making million-dollar decisions. There had to be a better way. 

I think once cities have opened the door to this type of participation and this level of accessibility, they won’t turn back. In fact, they’ll continue to look for ways to be even more inclusive."
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Recent articles from MICD alumni

Some of the nation's most prominent voices on urban design, planning, and development have served as MICD Resource Team members or otherwise collaborated with the Institute. Check out these articles from our alumni on COVID-19 response, recovery, and what it means for the future of cities.
Richard Florida  |  Creative Class Group
CityLab

The Role of Architecture in Fighting a Pandemic
Michael Murphy  |  MASS Design
Boston Globe

Here's What Our Cities Will Look Like after the Pandemic
William Fulton  |  Rice University
Kinder Institute for Urban Research

Columbus' Strong Community Will Continue to Lead the State
Richard McCoy  |  Landmark Columbus
The Republic

Looking Ahead to the New New York
Vishaan Chakrabarti  |  PAU
Gotham Gazette

Urban Design: The Best Downtowns Encourage Community
Tom Gallagher  |  RATIO Architects
Indianapolis Business Journal

A little inspiration from Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot


After Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot put a humorous spin on critical public messaging in this video, memes began popping up showing her stern warning in unexpected places:
 
The Mayors’ Institute on City Design is a leadership initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Since 1986, the Mayors’ Institute has helped transform communities through design by preparing mayors to be the chief urban designers of their cities.
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