Read ‘We Could Be Feeling This for the Next Decade’: Virus Hits College Towns by Shawn Hubler

Opening bars and bringing back football teams have led to new outbreaks. Communities that evolved around campuses face potentially existential losses in population, jobs and revenue.

Despite working in higher education the majority of my career, I’d not thought about this aspect of schools going largely online during the pandemic. I’ve worked in one small college town, but it was home to a small university (approximately 2,500 students), so I don’t think the town depended on the university population nearly as much as the towns mentioned in this article.