What happened to Ben Freedman and his wife has happened to many. It was March of 2020, and the beginnings of the coronavirus pandemic were starting to be felt in the US—mainly in high-density coastal urban centers.
“Our apartment was terrific until it was terrible,” Freedman, who at the time was working as a project manager at Alphabet’s Loon, which brought internet to rural and remote areas by literally launching balloons into the stratosphere, said of the San Francisco studio he shared with his then-fiancé, now-wife. The two toughed it out for four months. But by July, they