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COVID-19 is making people rethink city living

jackofalltrades777 | Posted in General Questions on

“Why New York? Why are we seeing this level of infection? Well, why cities across the country?” Cuomo said. “It’s very simple,” the governor said. “It’s about density. It’s about the number of people in a small geographic location allowing that virus to spread. … Dense environments are its feeding grounds.”

Sprawl is the answer. The executive director of the Houston-based Urban Reform Institute, Kotkin argues that cities were already in trouble. And in the age of social distancing, he says, dense cities particularly have a lot going against them.

“How do you open up an office with expensive real estate if people have to be six feet apart? How are you going to have a city dependent on subways if you’re going to have any social distancing at all?” he tells CNN. “People will continue to move more into the periphery and into smaller cities, where basically you can get around without getting on (public) transit.”

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  1. JC72 | | #1

    This is not a welcome development for climate change advocates.

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      BILL WICHERS | | #3

      Perhaps it is, just not the way you might think. There has been a HUGE push to do more teleworking, which means less need to commute to work regardless of where you live. It's likely that more people will continue with teleworking even after the current crisis ends.


  2. walta100 | | #2

    How does one social distance while getting to and from the 40th floor? Do you limit the elevator to the residents of a single apartment at a time? Or do you pack in like sardine and pretend it is safe?

    What do you do when you sit down in the subway seat only to discover it is still warn from the last occupant?


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