There are periodic moments in housing history when the ruling class discovers that the inadequate housing which they force exploited workers to inhabit creates deadliness beyond its own confines and threatens the social order as a whole. We might be in one such moment now...
It’s important to recognise what this study does and does not conclude. It’s precisely housing _inequality_ in the form of overcrowding that’s fuelling the virus, not urban density per se. The problem is how households are organised, not many people living on a piece of land.
The fact that density ≠ overcrowding is particularly important to understand in London, where it’s totally imaginable that councils will now say that preventing future pandemics requires tearing down council housing towers.
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