Economics/Class Relations

The Richest Neighborhoods Emptied Out Most as Coronavirus Hit New York City

That’s probably how the coronavirus was spread. What we should have done as soon as COVID-19 appeared was build one of Trump’s walls around New York, LA, DC, the Bay Area, Chicago, and DC (i.e. all the ruling class havens), shut down flights from those cities, and be done with it. Contain the coronavirus and contain the ruling class all at once.

By Kevin Quealy

The New York Times

Hundreds of thousands of New York City residents, in particular those from the city’s wealthiest neighborhoods, left as the coronavirus pandemic hit, an analysis of multiple sources of aggregated smartphone location data has found.

Roughly 5 percent of residents — or about 420,000 people — left the city between March 1 and May 1. In the city’s very wealthiest blocks, in neighborhoods like the Upper East Side, the West Village, SoHo and Brooklyn Heights, residential population decreased by 40 percent or more, while the rest of the city saw comparably modest changes.

Some of these areas are typically home to lots of students, many of whom left as colleges and universities closed; other residents might have left to care for friends or family members across the country. But, on average, income is a strong simple predictor of a neighborhood’s change: The higher-earning a neighborhood is, the more likely it is to have emptied out.


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