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City interrupted: A portrait of San Francisco amid the pandemic

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San Francisco reporters Janie Har and Jocelyn Gecker offer a unique look at how their city has been dramatically altered amid the coronavirus pandemic,with tech workers fleeing for cheaper climes and businesses standing empty.

As San Francisco once again received plaudits for its handling of the coronavirus pandemic, getting the green light to open more businesses, the AP pair set out to document the evolution they have been seeing in their city: apartment buildings emptying out, moving trucks lining up and a vacant downtown core.

With photos by Noah Berger, the result was a well-balanced portrait of a city interrupted. Many of the young tech workers who have helped remake San Francisco in the last few years have fled, after tech companies said they won’t return until mid-2021. The story combined the voices of some who’ve left and some who’ve stayed, as well as business owners and the views of historians and demographers.

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