Friday, March 27, 2020
As Californians grow accustomed to 6-foot social distancing, the coronavirus could have a chilling effect on the state's efforts to build more apartments near public transportation to solve its housing crisis.
Gov. Gavin Newsom and Democratic leaders have championed urban housing as a way to address the ever-rising cost of living in California. The Democrats' argument had been gaining traction, but the coronavirus will likely stand in the way of that momentum. Opponents are blaming population density as a primary factor behind the pandemic's spread in urban areas, largely based on NYC's exponential increase in coronavirus cases and deaths.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo conceded as much this week when explaining why the virus has been found in 15 times as many New Yorkers as Californians so far. "We have one of the most dense, close environments in the country," he said Wednesday. "And that's why the virus communicated the way it did. Our closeness makes us vulnerable."
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