Reports of a "city death " due to the Covid crisis have been widely exaggerated, according to a survey of Parisians and Londoners which found little change in the people's satisfaction with city life orplans to move in the near future.
The report from King 's College London and the University of Paris , based on a poll conducted in April and May, found that the closures of cafes, clubs and restaurants, closures and working from home had not dampened the enthusiasm of residents for the two capitals.
Compared to a pre-pandemic survey in 2019, the study found little change in the share of Londoners and Parisians considering leaving, the greater its satisfaction with local services and majorities believing that their capital will rebound, albeit slowly.
"The pandemic has forced a change in the way we live our lives, and this has had a particular impact on cities, with offices left vacant or little usedfor long periods, "said Kelly Beaver of Ipsos Mori pollsters.
" The city's decline "does not seem to take sufficient account of the opinions and beliefs of the people who live there - who are mostly happy with where they live. The future of London and Paris as powerful capitals seems secure. "
The survey showed that 56% of Londoners were satisfied with their local services such as schools, transport and the police, a sharp increase from the 37% recorded in 2019, while the service satisfaction rate in Île-de-France rose from 41% to 51%.
People's satisfaction with their premises as a place to live was the most stable in Greater London at 63% compared to 64% two years ago , and higher in Paris (59% against 53%). While a little more Londoners say they want to leave in the next fiveyears (43% vs. 37%), the proportion of Parisians is virtually unchanged (45% vs. 44%).
Most Londoners (66%) and Parisians (57%) said they believed their city would likely bounce back from the Covid crisis, although most also expect the recovery to be slow rather than fast (57% in London and 58% in Paris).
"At a time when the pandemic is calling into question the future of urban life, it is reassuring to see that the ' The town 's death ' feared by some did not come forward, "said Jack Brown, senior lecturer in London studies at King 's College.
The survey also revealed" common and specific challenges "for the two cities, Brown said. “London seems to be seen as a place of great economic opportunity but harder for the less well off, the elderly, families and women. The Parisiansfeel that social cohesion remains a problem in their city and are more negative towards immigration.
Over 60% of residents of Greater London said they believed immigration from outside the UK had a positive impact on the capital, compared to 27% of residents of Greater Paris who said the same about immigration from outside France .
However, London was seen by 84% of its residents as a place for the rich; only 63% of Parisians say the same about their city. In contrast, Parisians (34%) were more than twice as likely as Londoners (14%) to say their capital was good for the poor.
Likewise, 53% of the inhabitants of Île-de-France say they feelbelieve their city is a good place to live for families, compared to 43% of Londoners and 50% of Parisians say their city is good for older people, compared to 31% of Londoners.
Among people who do not own their home, Londoners (89%) were more likely than Parisians (76%) to think real estate was too expensive for them, but 73% of Londoners thought their city was a good place to start a career, compared to 51% in Paris.