Debating Density

Urban space and the coronavirus crisis

photo: The Manhattan skyline is reflected in a lake in New York City's Central Park

Density Isn’t Easy. But It’s Necessary.

Americans have always had a difficult relationship with urban density. But in a crisis, we need what cities can provide.

photo: a crowded scene of Times Square in NYC

In New York City, Density Saves Lives, Too

Before coronavirus transformed urban life, New York had achieved a massive public health success, thanks in part to the city’s now-maligned layout.

photo: A deserted street 
in the Saint Michel district of Paris, France.

Is the City Itself the Problem?

There’s a long history of blaming urban areas rather than economic factors for physical and moral ills. But density can be an asset for fighting coronavirus.