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Spatial and social disparities in the decline of activities during the COVID-19 lockdown in Greater London
Urban Studies ; : 00420980211040409, 2021.
Article in English | Sage | ID: covidwho-1390410
ABSTRACT
We use data on human mobility obtained from mobile applications to explore the activity patterns in the neighbourhoods of Greater London as they emerged from the first wave of COVID-19 lockdown restrictions during summer 2020 and analyse how the lockdown guidelines have exposed the socio-spatial fragmentation between urban communities. The location data are spatially aggregated to 1?km2 grids and cross-checked against publicly available mobility metrics (e.g. Google COVID-19 Community Report, Apple Mobility Trends Report). They are then linked to geodemographic classifications to compare the average decline of activities in the areas with different sociodemographic characteristics. We found that the activities in the deprived areas dominated by minority groups declined less compared to the Greater London average, leaving those communities more exposed to the virus. Meanwhile, the activity levels declined more in affluent areas dominated by white-collar jobs. Furthermore, due to the closure of non-essential stores, activities declined more in premium shopping destinations and less in suburban high streets.

Full text: Available Collection: Databases of international organizations Database: Sage Type of study: Experimental Studies / Randomized controlled trials Language: English Journal: Urban Studies Year: 2021 Document Type: Article

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Full text: Available Collection: Databases of international organizations Database: Sage Type of study: Experimental Studies / Randomized controlled trials Language: English Journal: Urban Studies Year: 2021 Document Type: Article