PUP 301 Reflection 3: Infections Disease and the City

PUP 301 Reflection 3: Infections Disease and the City

PUP 301 – Spring 2021

Reflection 3: Infections Disease and the City

Dr. Matthew Quick



Urban planning has often been used to address public health issues. This includes developing regulations to improve the quality of tenement housing in the early twentieth century, using zoning ordinances and land use regulations to limit exposure to industrial pollutants, and designing communities that are safe and accessible to parks, active transportation, and healthy food. The current COVID-19 pandemic presents an interesting challenge for planners: How does the city interact with infectious disease, how does it encourage or impede disease transmission, and how can urban planners design cities to better deal with infectious disease?



The objective of this writing assignment is to (a)critically reflect on how cities and city functions (land use, density, housing, transportation, public spaces, etc.) interact with infectious disease and (b) think about what urban planners can do to help deal with infectious disease pandemics, including COVID-19.



Write a 500-word reflection that address the above two objectives. This paper should have two sections. The first section will be titled “Infectious disease and the city” and will reflect on how infectious disease interacts with city functions and characteristics. The second section will be titled “Planning for infectious disease” and will review or propose strategies for urban planning (and planners) to help prevent or reduce infectious disease risk.

A number of relevant references are listed below. Use and cite at least two references. You are welcome to use other references that you find during the research and writing process.

The paper will be submitted to CANVAS as a .docx or .pdf file by April 30, 2021. This reflection is worth 5% of your final grade in PUP 301.