A man walks past an empty storefront

To some degree, remote work is here to stay. So what happens to the empty office spaces downtown? What about the businesses opened downtown to serve those now-missing workers?

Route 50 shared a story about some cities and towns reimagining their downtown spaces to lure more people back to these areas.

“There is no new normal,” they quote Clarence Anthony, CEO and executive director of the National League of Cities. Instead, forward-looking cities are reimagining their downtowns based on their particular experiences.

One solution is to turn those empty office buildings into housing. “That’s what cities should be asking: How do we make this a good place to live?” Adam Ozimek, chief economist at Economic Innovation Group suggested in the article.

If you have an office-based downtown economy, how is your community adapting?