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One thing urban planners have learned is that if you widen roads to relieve traffic congestion, it may work for a while, but soon more traffic will flow to the wider roads and you are right back where you started. So, some cities, flush with federal road construction money, are choosing not to widen roads. Instead, they are finding new ways to move people from here to there without using their cars. Meanwhile, transit ridership across the U.S. — including buses and trains — have lost 30% or more of their riders, some of whom now work from home.
Public schools are losing enrollment. In one year during the pandemic, public schools lost a million students. Lots of those students moved to charter schools. Some school districts around the country are closing schools they no longer need because of declining enrollment.
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