Egan: What if we’re actually afraid to go back to the office?

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Discussion posted by: itzfitzhere

A typical office tower holds hundreds of workers, possibly disembarked from a crowded transit vehicle, now using a limited set of entry doors to access the building’s common area, then transported on a packed elevator with a common button-pad. Inside, there are shared washrooms, lunch and meeting rooms, on floor after floor of hard surfaces, door handles, photocopiers everywhere. It is the only way office towers make sense — by stacking us in fairly tight spaces. And it is what we’ve done across North American cities — create dense middles where we congregate daily.