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Wall Street Journal: A Crisis for Urban Universities

By Richard Florida and Jeffrey Selingo

Academic institutions have driven the revival of many U.S. cities, but the pandemic is threatening the sources of their success.

More than a month after the Covid-19 pandemic forced universities across the U.S. to shut down their campuses and quickly shift to online learning, many college officials are warning that they may not be able to reopen in the fall. Urban colleges and universities are particularly vulnerable.

More than half of the nation’s students attend college in metro areas with more than one million people. Today, greater New York City is the nation’s largest college town, with more than one million students, followed by Los Angeles with…

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