Cities have been the source of many of humanity’s greatest triumphs as well as some of our greatest injustices. Our ability to live together in close proximity is essential to innovation—unless coronavirus has finally made remote work a substitute for doing things in person. Whether or not cities still can claim to be economically essential, they’re going to have to change dramatically to address climate change, inequality, and a shifting workforce.
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