The “Unbonding” of a Growing Number of Creative Workers From Their Employers Can Impact Our Downtowns

By N. David Milder

Introduction

In recent months I have again confirmed my conclusion that remote work is here to stay, and that it will undoubtedly impact our large and suburban downtowns. In the past, I felt this was the case because:

  • So many more employees now have tried and liked remote work. They also have become much better at it
  • Major corporations are adapting their operations to it and investing substantial sums in equipment and programming to help assure its optimal performance. This is …
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TOWARD MORE SUSTAINABLE DOWNTOWN AND MAIN STREET TOURIST INDUSTRIES

By N David Milder

TOURISM: BOON OR BANE?

Back in 2018, I posted an article with that title to my Downtown Curmudgeon blog. In retrospect, I think it did a fairly decent job of explaining why, though tourism can certainly be very helpful, it is not always a desirable strategic path for economic growth and community well-being. Recently, events such the public disorder caused by spring break tourists have also signaled that not all types of tourism might mesh with a …

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