A Search for a Clearer and More Useful Vocabulary for Talking About and Analyzing Downtowns

By N. David Milder

Over the past decade I have become increasingly focused on what I have been calling Central Social Districts (CSDs).  The simple analytical framework I’ve been developing saw downtowns being composed of two major components: Central Business Districts (CBDs) and CSDs. However, over the past year or so, email discussions with members of The ADRR board, and an interview by Rob Steuteville at CNU’s Public Square have prompted me to take a much closer look at the vocabulary …

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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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