If Restaurants Go, What Happens to Cities?

Restaurants have been crucial in drawing the young and highly educated to live and work in central cities. The pandemic could erode that foundation.

When the Church Brew Works opened in 1999, it amounted to a rare bit of good news for the Lawrenceville neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Its population had shrunk by half since 1960. A quarter of its residents were over 65, mostly old-timers who once worked at the steel mills that hugged the Allegheny River.

The community had “its guts ripped out,” said Sean Casey, who opened the brewery in a Catholic church that had been deconsecrated six years before. Its immediate neighbor was a building where drug dealers made crack cocaine...


RSK: This is a problem here in Madison as well. Although in the past students held many of the jobs, that is not so much the case now. Will be interesting to see how this pans out.

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