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Headed to recovery? The country at a coronavirus crossroads – Archpaper.com

As summer approaches, the country’s response to the coronavirus pandemic is at a crossroads. States are reopening and waiting to see what the season brings.

   Interior of a WeWork in India. The company is facing lawsuits from tenants who are unable to use spaces they have rented because of work from home mandates. (Kamal Kant Kosariya/Via Unsplash)

Interior of a WeWork in India. The company is facing lawsuits from tenants who are unable to use spaces they have rented because of work from home mandates. (Kamal Kant Kosariya/Via Unsplash)

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As summer approaches, the country’s response to the coronavirus pandemic is at a crossroads. States are reopening, some slower than others, and are waiting to see what the season brings. The reopening on nonessential construction sites could mean that better times are coming for architects, but the future is still uncertain, and this week’s architecture-related coronavirus news reflects that.

In less than rosy news, a report from a group of nonprofits related to New York’s parks said the city’s green spaces were likely to suffer because of the pandemic’s economic fallout. Cuts in both public funding and private donations are expected to hit the parks hard this year, a blow to a system that has crept back from a pretty dire state in only the past couple of decades.

Job loss continued in April, according to numbers that were released earlier this week. Unsurprisingly, construction jobs were hit hard, with nearly one million lost in April. Next month’s numbers should show whether or not the slow reopening of certain construction sites will affect those numbers. Obviously, construction jobs are not the only AEC-related positions lost across the country—cultural institution jobs across New York City have disappeared as museums facing budget shortfalls have laid off and furloughed hundreds, architecture firms have cut positions, and Airbnb laid off almost 2,000 employees.

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