In the wake of many challenges for urban centers, red states and cities will need solutions too.
Homelessness tends to be closely associated with blue-state dysfunction. New York City, California, and communities in the Pacific Northwest are truly defined by their struggles with homelessness. In these places, homelessness topped surveys of public concern before Covid-19, and it continues to do so now.
But in the 2020s, we are likely to see concerns over homelessness increase and become more politically salient in mid-sized American cities off the coasts. This will happen because of the normalization of remote work, along with demographic decline.
Stephen Eide is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and contributing editor of City Journal.
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