Is Density COVID-19’s Best Friend?

Until COVID-19 came along, California lawmakers gunning for further densification had gained the upper hand, pushing for more housing near job centers and transit hubs, and less building in wildfire-prone outlying areas.
The pandemic has giving new ammo to critics of densification, but data does not consistently show that denser cities fare worse in this pandemic. Super-dense cities like Tokyo have seen far fewer coronaviruses cases than New York, for example.
And not all density is created equal. Low-income neighborhoods where more people crowd into homes—and have worse health outcomes overall—have seen worse COVID-19 outcomes than denser, but wealthier neighborhoods.
Los Angeles Times

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