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As a new strain of coronavirus (COVID-19) swept through the world in 2020, preparedness plans, masking policies and more public policy changed just as quickly. WVXU has covered the pandemic's impact on the Tri-State from the very beginning, when on March 3, 2020, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine barred spectators from attending the Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus over concerns about the virus, even though Ohio had yet to confirm a single case of COVID-19.

Stay-At-Home Orders Forcing Some To See Communities Differently

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Bill Rinehart
An intersection at Main and 9th streets Downtown is largely empty on a recent evening in April 2020.

Some cities have closed streets to through-traffic in order to give pedestrians, runners and cyclists more space as we endeavor to social distance amid the global pandemic.

Policies like that are changing the way we interact with our communities, and some see it as a good opportunity to reflect on how we use our spaces on the other side of this. 

Conversely, the virus's impact on our neighborhood economies could be large, leaving a wide swath of vacant storefronts in its wake.

So, what is the best way to respond when we have the chance to do so again?

Joining Cincinnati Edition to talk about these community-based issues are YARD & Company co-founders and principals Joe Nickol and Kevin Wright.

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Michael Monks brings a broad range of experience to WVXU-FM as the host of Cincinnati Edition, Cincinnati Public Radio's weekday news and information talk show.