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The Case For Urban Living In The Age Of COVID-19

An aerial view One World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan, Sept. 8, 2016 in New York City. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
An aerial view One World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan, Sept. 8, 2016 in New York City. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Where will we live after COVID-19? Architect and city planner Vishaan Chakrabarti has long pushed for more people to live in well-designed, dense cities, arguing, contrary to many, that urban living is the greenest, most sustainable choice.

And though America’s cities — New York,  Houston and Boston, for example — were some of the hardest hit by COVID-19, he says they are the most resilient and least isolating.

Chakrabarti is the founder of the New York-based Practice for Architecture and Urbanism form, or PAU, specializing in architecture and urbanism. He’s also the dean of the College of Environmental Design at UC Berkeley. He joins host Robin Young to make the case for cities as the future of the planet.

This article was originally published on WBUR.org.

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