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Coronavirus Reveals the
Downsides of Urbanization

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Posted By: MissMolly, 3/20/2020 4:41:50 AM

Crises have a way of shocking us out of complacency to consider how fragile and vulnerable civilization still is, and always will be. In the short run, that means retreating to humanity’s basic survival impulses and taking a triage approach to our priorities. In the long run, however, COVID-19 should prompt some reflection on our vulnerabilities and how to limit them in the future. One in particular bears rethinking: our ever-growing urban concentration and dependence on high-density, centrally managed mass transit. The relentless march of urbanization, in the United States and around the world, has been coming for a long time.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: walcb 3/20/2020 7:49:54 AM (No. 351787)
Country Boys Will Survive.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: Strike3 3/20/2020 10:20:02 AM (No. 351997)
Many of us have recognized the urban downside for years and would not think of moving to a city. Working in places like New York or Los Angeles on a temporary basis removed all doubt. The anthill life is for ants.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: udanja99 3/20/2020 10:34:00 AM (No. 352011)
Perhaps the headline should include the words “democrat run”.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: HotRod 3/20/2020 11:32:10 AM (No. 352082)
Big apartment buildings, mass transit, congested sidewalks and streets..... what could go wrong?
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Reply 5 - Posted by: DVC 3/20/2020 11:32:45 AM (No. 352083)
Duh! I have never lived in a central city, but I have stayed many times for work and during vacation trips. I find it oppressive and find almost nothing attractive about it. I live in a rural area, on a substantial plot of land, with the nearest house to mine is about 500 yds away. That is close enough. And they can't get closer because I own it.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: AltaD 3/20/2020 11:55:18 AM (No. 352116)
FTA: Smaller urban areas can promote not only more individual independence and security The problem with this idea is that suburban voters are often NIMBYs. They vote to prohibit office buildings and light industry being built in their bedroom community, they don't want to live in mini-urban cities.
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