The American magazine Time questions, in an article published on May 21st, the role of the COVID-19 pandemic in when it comes to its effect on tourism and how it can affect the centers of European cities. Ana Gago and Luís Mendes, researchers at the Center of Geographical Studies, contribute to this debate.
“Europe’s City Centers Pushed Out Residents for Tourists. Could the Coronavirus Reverse the Trend?” — this is the motto of the Time‘s article that quotes the Portuguese researchers.
Ana Gago, a CEG researcher and member of the Habita collective, describes the crisis that resulted from the pandemic as having illuminated “extreme and, unfortunately, not isolated cases, like overcrowded apartments, with up to 6 people per room”.
Luís Mendes, a CEG researcher identified as one of the main Portuguese specialists in gentrification, says that in the Portuguese capital, what he calls “turbogentrification” has occurred, changing the character of a busy residential city. “The policies implemented in response to the 2008 crisis have dramatically transformed the city in just 5 years,” says the researcher.
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