More workers are returning to offices, but downtown? Not so much.

Nov 16, 2021
The share of workers staying home due to worries about the coronavirus dropped last month to a pandemic low.
A few lights are on in a New York City high-rise. Some workers are coming back, but downtowns still have plenty of unused capacity.
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Drive-thru coffee is extra hot

Sep 17, 2021
Drive-thru coffee shops are attractive to companies because they require fewer employees — especially beneficial during a worker shortage.
Drive-thru coffee shops have seen a boon thanks to work-from-home suburbanites.
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Latest census data finds population growth in metro areas

Aug 13, 2021
But how accurate are the figures, collected as the pandemic started, when some people began to relocate?
Phoenix grew at a faster rate in the last decade than any other major metropolitan city in the U.S., new census data shows.
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Does owning a home turn us into worse people?

Aug 6, 2021
Vox's Jerusalem Demsas explains how homeownership can drive people to oppose policies that are beneficial for the entire neighborhood.
The housing affordability crisis used to be confined to people with lower incomes, says Jerusalem Demsas. "Now housing unaffordability has gone through the roof," she says.
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How working from home accelerated the urban exodus

Jul 15, 2021
People were moving to suburban and secondary housing markets long before the pandemic began. But not like this.
Migration to the suburbs was taking place before the pandemic began. The work-from-home model only heightened the housing demands.
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Rents are falling in some cities

Aug 19, 2020
But the flight to the suburbs may be overblown.
An apartment rental sign in Los Angeles, where prices are sliding.
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Why well-connected suburbs are suddenly the best place to run a food truck

Jun 4, 2020
Matt Geller, president of the National Food Truck Association, says the coronavirus wrecked lunch service but operators are building their evening business, especially outside city centers.
Office closures and canceled summer gatherings have forced many food truck operators to rethink their business models.
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The suburban office park is making a comeback

Dec 2, 2019
Many are adding modern amenities like cafes and open offices to attract workers.
A suburban neighborhood north of San Diego, California.
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Young, white, affluent — and learning about race

Sep 12, 2018
A new book looks at the "conundrum of privilege" in a Midwest suburb.
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Companies offer private bus services to get young workers to commute from cities to the suburbs

Dec 18, 2017
As real estate in major cities continues to go up in price, companies are increasingly moving offices to the suburbs. In order to attract young workers from the cities, some companies offer private bus services for employees making the reverse commute.
Jennifer Fusco (left) and Laura Montero-Stern (right) on the Boston Scientific commuter bus in Massachusetts.
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