The future of city centers

By Bill Cary | Your Valley

As COVID-19 vaccinations push across the country, offices are beginning to crack open their doors and welcome back employees to business hubs. What about the legions of office workers who have grown accustomed to working from home and have come to appreciate their newfound flexibility — how will they be accommodated?

To get a sense of what a reconsidered city will look like, we gathered a virtual panel to consider how urban office centers might adapt and change. We asked: If working from home is here to stay, what will city centers dominated by office space look like in five years? How do we keep downtowns from being hollowed out? What happens to suburbs, and beyond them, the exurbs?

Edward Glaeser is a professor of economics at Harvard University and the author of The Survival of the City, from Penguin Press.

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