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https://www.citylab.com/design/2020/03/coronavirus-urban-planning-global-cities-infectious-disease/607603/

 

What else can you do during the lockdown but talk about it? I read this when City Lab tweeted it and it sparked all kinds of thoughts. How will public transit be shaped after this. What changes will we see to public urban spaces? Private spaces for that matter. Seeing the extreme measures we've taken in (appropriate) response at Spectrum Health, I start to wonder how you go about dialing back the restrictions. This will have a lasting impact. How's it impacting you?

 

My question in the MSU thread was: how is this impacting construction outside? Projects will presumably stall?

 

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Very good:   The other one is from a  pandemic parody of Nighthawks in The New Yorker:  

What people are hoping for is an all clear like a tornado warning being lifted that moves through without touch down. Everyone just goes back to business as usual, but demand is either put in a differ

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We haven't seen anything yet but it's definitely on our radar.  My projects haven't been closed in yet and  are still in the framing stages so nice and open.  Once they get enclosed, I bet some trades might think twice.  The other thing to consider is anything with a supply chain.  If the metal stud fabricator or insulation manufacturer closes up then there's a problem.

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7 hours ago, Khorasaurus1 said:

I'm worried about what will happen to the buildings under construction once they open - most notably the hotels. Presumably, they won't open until everything is back to "normal", but "normal" may mean substantially less travel for a while. 

What people are hoping for is an all clear like a tornado warning being lifted that moves through without touch down. Everyone just goes back to business as usual, but demand is either put in a different quarter or it's just not going to materialize at all. I think everything is going to be phased, and it's going to be a test, retest, and then an eventual all clear will be given if their feedback loop allows for it. 

The bright spot is I'm hearing young people are making 20$/hr at local grocery stores with mandatory overtime  stocking shelves.

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On 3/22/2020 at 6:10 PM, elcelc said:

We haven't seen anything yet but it's definitely on our radar.  My projects haven't been closed in yet and  are still in the framing stages so nice and open.  Once they get enclosed, I bet some trades might think twice.  The other thing to consider is anything with a supply chain.  If the metal stud fabricator or insulation manufacturer closes up then there's a problem.

Several of our modular home construction plants had to close down last week because they could not get their materials from several key suppliers.  About 50% of the lumber they use comes from Canada and they say getting the lumber they need is a problem as well.

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1 hour ago, ModSquad said:

Several of our modular home construction plants had to close down last week because they could not get their materials from several key suppliers.  About 50% of the lumber they use comes from Canada and they say getting the lumber they need is a problem as well.

The border is still open for trade.  I'm sure there are still disruptions regardless.  I know we have a major Canadian supplier as well, though we haven't had disruptions yet. 

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Transport of wholesale materials is exempt from the Governors order. I'm working on keeping lumber moving into a fabricator. Now whether the fabricator can be open is another story.  I serously doubt the fabricator is ordering more material but the stuff in transit by rail needs to be delivered. Interesting times for sure.  I'm working from my home for my day job.  Our road construction projects are critical infrastructure per MDOT guidance so I have lots of paperwork to take care of. to keep me from getting too bored at home.

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In real life I've been fully vaccinated since late February but while the pandemic was still raging I decided to continue with my masked avatar here on urbanplanet.  However with the recent CDC guidelines statement I've decided it is safe to restore my unmasked avatar:

masked avatar:

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restored avatar: 

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By the way, does anyone recognize the sources of these avatars?  There's no prize for knowing.  In a few days if no one guesses and I don't forget or lose interest, I will reveal the sources (whether anyone cares or not.) 

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20 minutes ago, HavingAhoot said:

I know one is from the famous painting Nighthawk..  

Very good:

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The other one is from a  pandemic parody of Nighthawks in The New Yorker:

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1 hour ago, HavingAhoot said:

I know one is from the famous painting Nighthawk..  

And speaking of avatars, your avatar is of architect Daniel Burnham of "Make no little plans they have no magic to stir men's blood" fame.

Make No Little Plans: Daniel Burnham and the American City on WXXI-TV | WXXI

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