How cities might be changed by coronavirus : The Indicator from Planet Money Big American cities might never look the same again, post coronavirus. And that could be the making of them.

The Post Pandemic City

The Post Pandemic City

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 08: A woman walks by a boarded up Saks store in New York City. The city began the first phase of reopening after nearly three months of being shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Kena Betancur/VIEWpress via Getty Images)
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Cities that were under lockdown due to the coronavirus outbreak are beginning to open up again. This week in New York City, construction crews began working again, factories began making goods and retail stores began offering curbside pickup.

It will be some time before we know how much of the old economies of these cities will return — and how quickly. But the coronavirus pandemic has accelerated some of the trends that were already eroding the benefits of living in a big city, and driving people to move to smaller cities and suburbs.

Meanwhile, the virus is still out there, preying on these cities' density, and their ability to crowd people and businesses together. There are tough times ahead for big American cities. But those tough times might also put in place the conditions for American cities to renew themselves in the future. Just like they have before.

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