Civic Analytics Team Authors Article

in Inaugural Nature Cities Issue

+ Constantine Kontokosta, Bartosz Bończak


Director of Civic Analytics, Constantine Kontokosta, along with Research Scientist Bartosz Bończak and Fellow Boyeong Hong, published “Socio-Spatial Inequality and the Effects of Density on COVID-19 Transmission in US Cities” in the inaugural issue of Nature Cities, which examines the effect of density on COVID-19 infection rates at the neighborhood scale. The abstract notes:

Our findings demonstrate a nonlinear relationship between urban density and infection rates, with higher-density neighborhoods more likely to adopt mitigating behaviors to reduce transmission. However, low-income and minority communities, facing cascading health challenges, are found to be least able to modify mobility behavior and therefore experienced a disproportionate burden of COVID-19 infection risk during the first wave of the pandemic.

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