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Mayors are wasting an opportunity to confront the change in remote employment.

U.S. cities are failing to address a looming crisis with the necessary urgency. Remote work is making it less valuable to live near an urban office building. That mid-century shift led to the devastation of urban cores, which took decades to revitalize. San Francisco lost 6.3 percent of its population during the first year of the pandemic, but kept 93.7 percent of residents. Commercial real estate might have lost some of its value, but urban home prices have remained fairly steady. It would be understandable for mayors to look at all the people who have moved away.