Evidence from card swipes suggests that only about half the office space in major U.S. cities is currently in use, with little indication of a return to pre-pandemic norms. Some of the biggest beneficiaries of the change in how and where we work may be heretofore declining small cities that aren’t too far from bigger metros. One of my favorite papers in urban economics was an old piece, also co-written by Ed Glaeser, this time with Joseph Gyourko, which pointed out that even cities that have lost much of their original economic rationale tend to decline only slowly. Why? Because housing is durable, and declining old cities offer would-be residents a cheap place to live. Historically, these declining cities tended to attract less educated workers, often immigrants.
- Date Posted:
- June 2, 2023
Taking away a person’s freedom is never something to be done lightly. But once addicted to fentanyl or the new meth, many users are not “free” to choose treatment—or any path out of addiction—in any meaningful way. Time away from these drugs, I believe, can help them regain their agency. In an era of rampant fentanyl and meth use, drug courts and a reimagined jail—alongside robust support for voluntary treatment—should be foundations for that revival. An arrest can be an act of compassion when the odds are that, outside, meth will drive a user mad, and fentanyl will kill him.