Since 1898, New York has been a world city. And since 1918, it has often been called "the world city." There have been numerous speed bumps along the way—including the Great Depression, white flight to the suburbs, the rise of the defense industry in the South and West, the financial crisis of 1975-76, the attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001, and the COVID-19 pandemic. What does the past suggest to us about the city’s current challenges? Will the epidemic do what previous crises could not do—end the primacy of the great metropolis?
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