The Perils and Promise of America's Legacy Cities in the Pandemic Era

Aug 12, 2020 | by
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COVID-19's devastating impact is likely to be more severe and long-lasting in "legacy cities," or older industrial cities, like Detroit, especially for minority communities. But promising, new collaborative local efforts and leadership—particularly if they are shored up by key policy fixes—can make a difference in whether and how legacy cities recover from the crisis and emerge stronger on the other side.This report was published by the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings with support, in part, by the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation.