The latest economic data show some U.S. cities slowly bouncing back from the COVID doldrums. But a longer-term problem looms in 2022 and beyond for the nation’s urban centers.
At issue is that many of the nation’s downtowns, large and small, are in danger of hollowing out and transforming into ghost towns as the tsunami of the pandemic recedes and workers across the nation demand remote work as a staple of employment.
“We forecast that 25% to 30% of the U.S. workforce will be working-from-home one or more days a week after the pandemic,” said Kate Lister, president of Global Workplace Analytics, which tracks attitudes about remote working.
That percentage could grow even more over time. The group estimates 56% of U.S. jobs could be done remotely, at least partially. Before the pandemic, only about 10 percent of the U.S. workforce worked remotely.
The implications for…