The future of cities

“LA and San Francisco and a lot of our other cities … have a chance at a better future. But it's going to require addressing these economic issues and the fact that we're seeing a growing impoverished class,” says Annalee Newitz, a science writer and author of the forthcoming book “Four Lost Cities.” Photo by Pixabay.

People have been fleeing cities for months, reports say. A new NPR and Harvard poll out today shows the pandemic’s financial toll on America’s four largest cities: Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and Houston. In LA, more than half of all households report serious financial problems. Black and Latino communities are disproportionately affected nationwide.