COVID-19 Blog - Urban Systems Lab

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September 11, 2020 - 10:24am

Critical Commentary

This document contains blurbs from each and every article created by the blog's authors. The Urban Systems Lab has worked constantly to highlight the intersections of social vulnerabilities with COVID-19. Each article discusses a different vulnerability as highlighted by the pandemic's continued occurrence. One interesting snippet discusses the disparities in mental health activities in New York City according to neighborhoods. Neighborhoods with less parks, which generally tend to be low-income neighborhoods, tend to also have lower mental health wellbeing. While this is not strictly related to energy vulnerability, it can speak to the qualities of the energy vulnerable neighborhoods in the city, that also shape how well families can cope with the stresses of energy vulnerability and its burdens. Interestingly, the Urban Lab also tracked eviction rates for the city in May 2020, which also overlap with COVID-19 positive cases, and their map on energy burden as tracked in the city. As such, comments could be made on the compounded vulnerabilities that have been explicitly brought to light because of the pandemic, which include all of the factors mentioned prior, low-to-moderate income families' higher rates of pre-existing conditions (like asthma). Even more interesting would be to explore the resources used to make these inferences and explore other analyses of the issues here laid.


Urban Systems Lab. (2020). "Social vulnerability, COVID-19, and Climate." Retrieved from

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Urban Systems Lab, "COVID-19 Blog - Urban Systems Lab", contributed by Briana Leone, The Energy Rights Project, Platform for Experimental Collaborative Ethnography, last modified 11 September 2020, accessed 27 May 2024.