Any economy predicated on an absurdity will sooner or later collapse. As we've not needed offices for at least a decade, we're simply seeing a minor shakeout today. The office, alas, will return but hopefully in a less central role than hitherto. As the office dies, people can get more sleep, need less harmful caffeine, and pollute less by not commuting to work. Some of the lost jobs in city centers will simply move elsewhere - people working from home will require different services, creating different jobs to replace those lost. The gains will be massive, the losses minor. If we're smart. Which, most likely, we won't be; and so the office may well return much faster and with much greater resilience than most people believe today.

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