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Office Towers Are Empty in Urban Areas

When will workers return to downtown centers?

by Eric Holdeman / September 9, 2020

I'll be able to maybe give you an update on when office workers will return "to the office" later in October after I get a sense for what some larger employers are doing here in the Seattle region.

Here is just a snapshot for New York City from a New York newspaper, "Fewer than 10 percent of New York’s office workers had returned as of last month and just a quarter of major employers expect to bring their people back by the end of the year, according to a new survey. Only 54 percent of these companies say they will return by July 2021."

I keep thinking about the "new normal" when we do have an effective COVID-19 vaccine and even more and better treatments for the disease when people get really sick. In the short term, it is going to be difficult for owners and operators of large commercial buildings. Just yesterday I drove by the parking lot where commuters pick up the Sounder Train here in my home town. It remains fairly empty when, back in the good old days, it would be full by 5:30 a.m. 

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