Realizing that much was being said and speculated about the future of the cities and the use of public spaces during the COVID-19 pandemic while very little listening on how the people were actually experiencing the city, we have decided to inquire the people in order to assess and understand whether or not the social lockdown and thus the impossibility to use public spaces could generate a sense of greater appreciation and willingness to make a better use of them.

Additionally, we also wanted to assess whether or not the reduction on the mobility during the pandemic could lead to an increase on the awareness of the harm of car-centered public policies and lead also to an increase on the search for healthier habits related to a more active lifestyle.

From the analysis of the obtained results we have presented more inclusive and participatory policies for the construction of a more resilient city during and after the pandemic. We were able to identify three main approaches to the cities should act on: to expand the presence of nature within urban environment; to strengthen the neighborhoods and to improve the ability to walk in the city.

In this conversation, we intend to present the results, our reflections and analyses on the theme, aiming at collaborating with the desire to bring a better future for the cities in the short and medium term.

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