Big city blues: How metro areas run by Democ­rats haven’t recov­ered from COVID-19

Major Demo­c­ra­t­ic-led cities have failed to recov­er their pre-pan­dem­ic foot traf­fic, which has caused a decrease in eco­nom­ic activ­i­ty for the blue cities, accord­ing to a new study from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to.
Cincin­nati, Raleigh, Chica­go, Port­land, Hous­ton, Colum­bus, Seat­tle, Min­neapo­lis, Louisville, and St. Louis make up the bot­tom 10 of 66 met­ro­pol­i­tan areas that have seen the least amount of foot traf­fic recov­ery since 2019, accord­ing to the study. All 10 have Demo­c­ra­t­ic may­ors.
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“It’s almost all of these big blue cities. It’s San Fran­cis­co, it’s Oak­land, it’s Min­neapo­lis. It’s my home city of Chica­go,” econ­o­mist Stephen Moore said on Var­ney & Co. Mon­day. “These num­bers are real­ly dis­tress­ing.”
Sacra­men­to, New York City, and Detroit also ranked near the bot­tom, with all three cities only gain­ing 66% of their foot traf­fic back since 2019. The study mea­sured the num­ber of unique vis­i­tors via mobile device use from March to mi …