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May 7, 2020

What we're reading: How will offices be changed by the pandemic?

By City Monitor Staff

A very different office: Your workplace probably won’t look or feel the same by the time you’re able to return to it. The Chicago Tribune writes about the changes coming for the function and design of offices, forecasting “a sharp contrast from the collaborative work spaces and amenity filled workplaces” that were common before the pandemic.

Restaurant watch: Restaurants have played an unmistakeable role in the revitalization of US urban areas, providing anchors for jobs, tourism, and local lifestyle. But they were also among the hardest hit businesses as soon as the coronavirus swept in, and The New York Times reports their struggles could spell disaster for small cities where food culture has become its own economic force.

Boom time for bikes: Bike sales are up across the UK, and so is bike maintenance business, the BBC reports. That should be welcome news for local efforts to add and expand cycling lanes while car traffic is down and roads are relatively clear.

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