The myth of the urban plague

A costly error

On April 24, 2020, New York Times columnist Bret Stephens wrote a piece titled “America Shouldn’t Have to Play by New York Rules.”

You could imagine a good column with that headline since New York’s rules, at the time, were in fact too strict — playgrounds were closed for example — and America should not have played by those rules. But Stephens’ actual t…

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