…and Big Blue Cities Still Haven’t Recovered From COVID

The combination of lockdowns and the urban crime surge have kept some cities a shell of their former selves, as this chart from University of Toronto researchers shows.

The study measures mobile phone visits to “points of interest” like restaurants and stores in each and calculates the change of activity from late 2022 compared to the same period before Covid in 2019.

Salt Lake City has had the fastest recovery.  What is fascinating is some of the cities at the bottom of the list, including Chicago, Seattle, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Portland, and Detroit.

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