Office Vacancies

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As Business Districts Continue to Falter, Mixed-Use Neighborhoods Flourish

While office vacancies remain high and foot traffic sparse in many U.S. downtowns, areas with housing and businesses are more vibrant and desirable than ever.

June 6, 2023 - The Wall Street Journal

Bike Commuter

How Commute Times Impact Office Vacancy

Workplaces that employees can reach more quickly are less likely to have high office vacancy rates, a new analysis finds.

April 11, 2023 - Globe St.

New York City Coronavirus

The Once-in-a-Generation Opportunity to Remake Downtown

Urban cores around the country were transforming into live, work, and play destinations before the pandemic. The pandemic was a setback for this transformation, but it could also be a rare opportunity. It’s up to city leadership to seize it.

January 23, 2023 - The Washington Post

View of the National Biscuit Company Building, 1850 Industrial Street, Los Angeles from the corner of Mateo Street. It has been renovated into lofts, with a restaurant on the ground floor.

Adaptive Reuse No Magic Wand for Post-Pandemic Real Estate Woes

Pre-pandemic housing crisis, meet the post-pandemic office vacancy crisis.

December 27, 2022 - Quartz

Vacant boarded-up storefronts along Powell Street in San Francisco, California.

Planning Year in Review 2022: Downtowns, Transportation, Climate Change

Part two of a review of the major themes, debates, and events of the year in planning that was 2022.

December 19, 2022 - James Brasuell

California Shelter-in-Place

Office Vacancies Could Cost San Francisco $200 Million by 2028

The fiscal toll of the pandemic is only beginning to reveal itself. The challenges presented to growing office vacancy rates are not unique to San Francisco.

November 20, 2022 - Bloomberg

The sculpture of the "Double Check Businessman" in Liberty Park, New York City

Checking the 'Back-to-Work Barometer'

The back-to-work data everyone is talking about? It comes from a security company that offers swipe badges for entrance into office buildings all over the country. Some experts say their data is too incomplete to be authoritative, however.

October 23, 2022 - Bloomberg

San Francisco Skyline

How Office Conversions Could Benefit San Francisco

The city could emulate Calgary, New York, and other cities in supporting office conversions as a way to boost floundering downtown economies and provide much-needed additional housing.

October 21, 2022 - San Francisco Chronicle

California Shelter-in-Place

Analysis of Downtown Recoveries Reveals Post-Pandemic Winners and Losers

The recovery of U.S. downtowns is happening at widely different paces depending on which city you consider.

August 21, 2022 - Institute of Governmental Studies

Los Angeles Downtown Historic Core

Surveying the Rising Trend of Office-to-Residential Conversions

With office vacancies climbing and a stubborn supply crunch driving up the cost of housing, some downtowns have emerged at the forefront of a new wave of adaptive reuse.

August 2, 2022 - CoStar Group News

Vacant boarded-up storefronts along Powell Street in San Francisco, California.

Bay Area Pop-Ups Aim To Activate Vacant Storefronts

As commercial storefronts experience high vacancy rates, cities like Oakland and San Francisco are making concerted efforts to support temporary tenants, public art installations, and small entrepreneurs that can revitalize abandoned spaces.

July 7, 2022 - San Francisco Chronicle

California Shelter-in-Place

Downtown San Francisco Still Looking for a Post-Pandemic Comeback

“Downtown on the Brink” reads the headline of a recent San Francisco Chronicle feature.

June 15, 2022 - San Francisco Chronicle

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How Remote Work Could Reshape American Cities

If projections about remote work hold true, the resulting migration could shift economic centers, disperse housing market pressures, and transform the politics of small communities.

January 10, 2022 - Vox

The exterior of the Civic Opera Building in Chicago, an art deco building built in the 1920s.

Signs of Financial Distress Among Office Properties

The foreclosure risk facing a pair of high-profile office buildings highlight the debt difficulties facing the office sector as it deals with the fallout of the pandemic. The trend could be on the verge of picking up steam.

October 26, 2021 - Cincinnati Business Courier

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Small Downtown Businesses Adapt to Fewer Office Workers

Businesses that traditionally serve commuters have had to make adjustments to stay in business as remote work empties out central business districts.

September 20, 2021 - Chicago Sun-Times

Market Street, Center City

The Future of Downtowns Still Hangs in the Balance

Center City in Philadelphia offers a case study for one of the largest and potentially most consequential contingencies of the pandemic: What happens to downtowns is most workers never come back to the office?

June 9, 2021 - Philadelphia

Manhattan Construction

The Future of Central Business Districts

Urbanist Richard Florida assesses post-pandemic possibilities for neighborhoods that once relied on 9-to-5 workers.

May 24, 2021 - Bloomberg CityLab

Detroit Motor City

Holiday Cheer from Detroit: Downtown Office Vacancies Have Rebounded in a Big Way

A new report on office vacancies in Downtown Detroit shows just how far Downtown Detroit has come in ten years.

December 25, 2016 - The Detroit News

Houston, Construction

Vacancies Define the Houston Office Market in 2016

Industries over leased and developers over built. The city of Houston's office market has gone from boom to bust in only a few years.

November 9, 2016 - The Wall Street Journal

D.C. Suburbs Squeezed by Federal Budget Cuts

After a decade of phenomenal growth driven by security and stimulus spending, recent cuts to the federal government's budget are being felt throughout D.C. As office vacancies fall nationwide, they're rising in the Washington area.

May 15, 2013 - The Wall Street Journal

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