Magazine October 5, 2020, Issue

One Gate to the City

Heavy traffic in San Diego, Calif., July 3, 2020 (Bing Guan/Reuters)

I have been spoiled in my commutes. From the time I was a summer intern until just the other day, my path from wherever I was living to wherever this magazine was living was an easy walk, or at most a quick cab ride. But since the virus came among us, my commutes have grown longer.

The country is safety and peace. How can you get infected when you see no one? The loudest night noises are owls and insects (the latter at this time of year raise a cry, dismaying to children and epidemiologists alike: back-to-school, back-to-school).

But the city is still

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