More open space, roof gardens, balconies: Rethinking urban design during COVID-19

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A rendering of Ivy Station, a mix of offices, hotel, bars and 200 market-rate apartments. It’s right by the Culver City Expo Line station. It’s an example of transit-oriented development — aimed at providing more housing and stopping sprawl and car dependency. Photo credit:

The idea of denser development near transit hubs is popular with city planners. It could increase the amount of affordable housing and decrease car commuting. However, the coronavirus pandemic has given opponents new ammunition against density.