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From peak city to ghost town: the urban centres hit hardest by Covid-19

Research shows London and New York have suffered the most from the pandemic, but more substantial change lies ahead. By Valentina Romei and John Burn-Murdoch

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It is cities like New York (above) and London, where high-rise office buildings host a large number of professional services and banking staff now mostly working from home, which have suffered the most.

THE few people on the streets of the City of London or lower Manhattan have got used to a familiar sight in recent months: empty shops, boarded up storefronts and cafés struggling for survival in once bustling financial districts. Their eyes do not lie - city centres have become ghost towns....

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