"Public space and public health in the time of Covid: ways the pandemic has redefined our relations to cities (and what can GIS do about it)?”
Dr. Hernandez is a geographer who teaches Intro to GIS course. In the years following hurricane Katrina in New Orleans she worked extensively with the city’s most vulnerable communities to help them monitor and advocate for their neighborhood’s recovery. Since the start of the pandemic, she’s worked with NOHD to map out Covid testing results and identify emerging hotspots.
Now that the fault lines of racial, social and economic inequalities are being exposed once again by the pandemic, I’d like to talk with you about how fragile the concept of access to health can become in a crisis, how poverty might once again be redefined as “lack of mobility” and how “social distancing,” may in fact be a spatial form of privilege.
We will meet near the swings/grassy area near the Elysian Fields entrance of the Park (this way we can seek shelter if it rains). If you are not familiar with Crescent Park, you have to actually cross the bridge to get along the river. There are also two elevators for people with limited mobility, a bike rack by the entrance, and plenty of parking space along Chartres Street.