Wednesday Evening Owls: A glimpse of the way forward for work, which is not optimistic for large cities


Evening Owls is a themed open thread showing at Each day Kos seven days every 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 large 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 front room in one of many baroque palaces of Plano, Texas.

Apparently, a lot of you’re doing the identical factor. Zillow searches have soared through the well being disaster, in response to 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 advised me. Greater 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 employees decamping for Atlanta may strike you as a fad—sort of like this complete remote-work second. Certainly, for those who’re lugging your laptop to the lounge on daily basis to sit down on the sofa for eight hours, you may not be pondering to your self, I’m virtually beginning the following industrial revolution.

However possibly you’re. As a normal 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 residence and workplace is the premise of city economics. However distant work weakens it; in lots of circumstances, it severs the hyperlink completely, changing spatial proximity with cloud-based connectivity. What knock-on adjustments will this new industrial revolution carry? […]



First dose within the books. #doit

— Ed Asner (@TheOnlyEdAsner) February 3, 2021


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

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

  •  The corporate she practically ruined has now maxed out to Senator Boxer.
  • She trails major 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 commonly thought of a nominee for all-time worst.

The California Democratic Social gathering has positively taken discover, and at the moment introduced the creation of a parody website devoted to exposing Carly’s floundering marketing campaign: (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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