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I recently did an AEI online event on the future of the American city in the age of pandemics. As a recent Financial Times piece put it: “Almost overnight, cities have gone from being places of dreams and ambition to fearful symbols of mortality. The rich have retreated to the countryside, just as they did in Europe during the Black Death. Until now, cities have always bounced back.”
But will cities rebound this time? That was the first question I asked my esteemed panel. And here is some of what they told me:
Alain Bertaud, New York University’s Marron Institute of Urban Management: