A new post-pandemic commuting normal is starting to come into focus, and there are clear winners and losers. Despite the heroic efforts—bribes, threats, cajoling—by employers to get their workers back into offices full time, it appears that a substantial portion of the Puget Sound area workforce will not, in fact, be returning to their offices five days a week. We get almost daily reports of the impact this is having on restaurants, retailing, and commercial real estate, and the reordering that is happening in the national economic geography.




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