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May 7, 2020

What we're reading: Which businesses are safer to open?

By City Monitor Staff

Super-spreaders: If you want businesses to reopen, it’s important to know which ones pose especially high risks of spreading the coronavirus. Writing in the New York Times, professors from the University of Chicago share their research into the ways people visit different businesses, and why a florist, for example, might be able to open sooner than a bookstore.

Making space: Even in a seemingly built-out city, there are several ways for cities to squeeze in a little more space for recreation. CityLab shares five ideas for repurposing common urban amenities, from graveyards to school campuses.

Word on the street: A street photographer in New York City interviewed his neighbours through their respective windows, gathering their experiences and anxieties of a life in quarantine. The resulting short documentary is, as The New Yorker calls it, “a quiet, contemplative look at the inner life of isolation.”

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