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The Community Design Center of Rochester is asking whether the pandemic is making people reconsider where and how they live.

The nonprofit, which promotes healthy, sustainable communities, is conducting a survey asking that and other questions about how Rochesterians are living during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Maria Furgiuele, the center's executive director, said people experiencing less traffic in their neighborhoods because of social distancing guidelines could be open to new ideas about how streets could be used when the pandemic is over.

When we talk about urbanism, we often discuss walkability and connected neighborhoods. That movement is not just happening here in the United States; efforts toward developing complete streets are underway in some of the oldest and some of the most congested cities around the world. 

This hour, we talk to two international travelers who share what they've learned by studying urbanism, mobility, and tourism in cities across the globe. In studio:

The idea of walkable communities and multi-model lifestyles gets a lot of hype, but are we really getting rid of our cars? Many millennials say they are living without automobiles. We talk to one young woman, Sara Jenks, who says she got rid of her car more than two years ago. She says living without it has informed her view on Rochester as a city, how our community is structured, and how employers view employees who don't have cars. Jenks is our guest for the hour.

We respond to our listeners who have said, "Every time you talk about walkability, you only talk about Rochester!" So we're turning our attention to the new walkable suburbs.

A number of local towns have transportation plans that include more of an emphasis on walkable cores and multi-modal transportation. Who's doing what? Where can suburbanites go if they want more walkability? Our guests:

What does "walkability" truly mean? There was a rather crackling debate in various circles over the weekend after the Democrat & Chronicle covered the issue as it relates to real estate. But critics say the piece revealed how the term "walkability" is being co-opted. We'll explore functional walkability versus recreational walkability, and more with our panel: