Remote work isn't killing cities. But it could save them!

One of the many complaints about remote work is that it's killing cities. Without all those suburban residents enduring soul-crushing commutes into the city every day to work in soul-crushing offices, cities are impoverished because empty office spaces neither bring in tax revenue nor support city businesses during the day. 

Except they've got it backwards. By converting empty office space to housing for remote workers, they could massively increase tax revenue and business activity. 

Here's my case for why remote work is the solution to the decline of cities.

Reframing our understanding of remote work

It's time to retire the stale old narratives about remote work, hybrid work, and flex work.

Is remote work temporary or here to stay? Are remote workers goofing off or more productive? Is hybrid work a compromise between employees who want remote work and managers who do not?

These questions are obsolete.

Remote and hybrid work, in fact, are here to stay.

So the only remaining question (which isn't asked often enough) is: How do we make remote work perform best — for ourselves and our organizations?