There are so many negatives of the big inner cities, they completely overcrowded, wall to wall cars, lousy schools, crime, trash, etc. It looks like more and more people agree and are happy to leave:
“The metros, as a group, lost population for the first time since at least 1990, and probably for decades before that,” said William Frey, a demographer at the Brookings Institution.
The historic exodus, combined with chronic office vacancies and surging crime, pose profound and potentially existential challenges to America’s great cities.
For big-city leaders, the nightmare scenario would be a gradual unraveling of the social fabric that made big cities attractive places to live and work in the new millennium, and a return to the urban decay of preceding decades, an era of high crime, spiraling poverty and inadequate schools in many large cities.
I go one direction and there’s nice stores, restaurants and many things to do. I then go another direction and there’s lakes, mountains, pastures and many miles of forests. Stay where you are big city know-it-alls and enjoy the mess you’ve created. I’ll be out here in rural land breathing fresh air, enjoying life and loving The Lord.
It’s actually mixed. I know people who are now permanently working from home as a result of how COVID changed the workplace and I know people who are hybrid as a result as well. In both cases though the businesses shed having to have permanent expensive building space.
Commercial real estate is going down the tubes fast. I heard somewhere that San Fran has almost 1/3 commercial buildings vacant. Those taxes and the freebies that emanate from them are leaving the cities, leaving an even worse ■■■■■■■■ behind.
Do you have statistics on what percentage of employees are now back 100% in person (just curious)? I fully agree that a few years does not guarantee a permanent trend. Personally, I think the biggest issue is how overcrowded these inner cities already are. It seems like so many on the Left believe in the prospect of infinite and incessant population growth.