Steven Malanga, City Journal: Tale of Two Crises
The 9/11 attacks brought New York together; Covid has helped fracture it.
The Covid-19 pandemic has sparked a debate in New York about whether the city can recover the vitality that it had before the virus. Optimists point to how Gotham bounced back stronger than ever after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001—19 years ago today—though the devastating attacks sparked predictions that it might be decades before New York could rebound. It’s provocative to compare these two existential crises, nearly 20 years apart.
I’m on the side of the optimists, but I’m not sure that 9/11 is a useful template for what’s happening today. Some crises unite us, and 9/11 was one of those. Some cataclysms divide us, exacerbating our differences and amplifying the challenges we face. For a host of reasons—differences in leadership chief among them—the pandemic is one of those.
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