Jessica Lee Martin is the audience development editor for CityLab. She previously worked at Guardian US, Democracy Now!, and Wisconsin Public Television.
As coronavirus transforms our private and public spaces, how would you map what your neighborhood and community look like now?
When your daily commute shrinks to the distance between your bed and couch, the world can look pretty small. For essential workers venturing into a pandemic every day, it can also be terrifying. And among people in cities around the globe, illness, anxiety, and disrupted routines are focusing attention on the things that matter most in life, whether that’s a loved one, a source of income, or even a sunny spot by a window.
Suffice to say, coronavirus is remapping our world — collectively and privately, literally and metaphorically. What does that look like for you?
We’re inviting readers to draw a map of your life, community, or broader world as you experience it under coronavirus. Your map can be as straightforward or subjective as you wish. You might show key destinations, beloved neighbors, a new daily routine, the people or restaurants you miss, the future city you hope to see, or anything else that’s become important to you right now. It might even be a map of your indoor life. For an added challenge, try drawing from memory.
A lovely example by reader Heinz von Eckartsberg in Melbourne, Australia, is shown above.
CityLab will feature a selection of reader submissions here on our site — regularly adding more as we receive them.