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Wednesday Night time Owls: A glimpse of the way forward for work, which is not optimistic for giant cities


Night time Owls is a themed open thread showing at Each day Kos seven days per week.

Derek Thompson at The Atlantic writes—Superstar Cities Are in TroubleThe previous yr has supplied a glimpse of the nowhere-everywhere future of labor, and it isn’t optimistic for giant cities.

Some evenings, when pandemic cabin fever reaches essential ranges, I relieve my claustrophobia by escaping into the dreamworld of Zillow, the real-estate web site. From the acquainted confines of my Washington, D.C., condominium, I teleport to a ranch on the outskirts of Boise, Idaho; to a patio nestled within the hillsides of Phoenix, Arizona; or to a regal lounge in one of many baroque palaces of Plano, Texas.

Apparently, a lot of you might be doing the identical factor. Zillow searches have soared through the well being disaster, based on Jeff Tucker, the corporate’s chief economist. “We’ve seen on-line searches for Boise, Phoenix, and Atlanta rising quickest amongst individuals who dwell in coastal cities, like Los Angeles and New York,” Tucker instructed me. Larger search volumes on Zillow have coincided with a booming housing market within the South and the West, as rents fall in costly coastal cities. 

Zillow tourism and some prosperous staff decamping for Atlanta may strike you as a fad—form of like this complete remote-work second. Certainly, in case you’re lugging your pc to the lounge every single day to take a seat on the sofa for eight hours, you won’t be pondering to your self, I’m virtually beginning the following industrial revolution.

However perhaps you might be. As a basic rule of human civilization, we’ve lived the place we work. More than 90 percent of People drive to work, and their common commute is about 27 minutes. This tether between house and workplace is the idea of city economics. However distant work weakens it; in lots of circumstances, it severs the hyperlink totally, changing spatial proximity with cloud-based connectivity. What knock-on adjustments will this new industrial revolution deliver? […]



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— Ed Asner (@TheOnlyEdAsner) February 3, 2021


On this date at Each day Kos in 2010—Fiorina’s fail prepare at prime velocity:

The hits carry on coming for Carly Fiorina, the failed CEO gasping for air within the GOP main to tackle Senator Boxer. Carly’s marketing campaign has been one unmitigated boatload of fail since its inception. Let’s summarize:

  •  The corporate she almost ruined has now maxed out to Senator Boxer.
  • She trails main opponent Tom Campbell badly in all the most recent polling.
  • She has lied–twice–about her fundraising numbers.
  • And to prime it off, her web site rollout is usually thought of a nominee for all-time worst.

The California Democratic Social gathering has positively taken discover, and immediately introduced the creation of a parody web site devoted to exposing Carly’s floundering marketing campaign: carlyfailorina.com (it is pleasing that we blogger sorts aren’t the one ones utilizing the alliterative “fail” to explain Carly’s drain-circling marketing campaign).

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