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Is Sprawl an Effective Solution for Pandemics?

Recently, I came across a YouTube video series from "Eco Gecko" that does a much better job of explaining the problems with sprawl and the suburbs than I did in previous posts.

I wanted to bring this issue back up not only because I found some videos that I like, but with the COVID-19 pandemic, some politicians such as NY Governor Cuomo are suggesting that density is bad and we need to spread out more.
This is not life as usual.

There is a density level in NYC that is destructive.

It has to stop and it has to stop now.

NYC must develop an immediate plan to reduce density.#StayAtHome — Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) March 22, 2020

The argument is simple and I could see it gaining traction without pushback: we are too close together. Epidemics and pandemics can travel through our cities too quickly!

THIS IS A DANGEROUS MESSAGE! It's dangerous for our budgets, for the environment, for our mental & physical health, for our communities, and yes, even for future pandemics. Wi…

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