In the new downtown future, devoid of office workers, every day could be Sunday

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Discussion posted by: David McNamara

The pandemic has hit cities hard, posing an existential threat to downtown urban life. In America, the disaster was in New York. In Spain it was Madrid, in Britain it was London, and in Canada, the pandemic has now become two major outbreaks, in Toronto and Montreal. Empty city streets in the downtown core on weekday mornings have become a defining image of the pandemic. In April, research suggested half the U.S. labour force was working from home, with similar numbers in Canada, sparked by the pandemic, but spurred by digital trends in which corporate value is divorced from corporate real estate. Some companies barely exist anywhere in particular, but instead float overtop in the cloud.