With record-high office vacancies persisting as the pandemic wanes in the US, a growing number of cities are adjusting single-use downtown zoning to encourage office conversions to multifamily and mixed-use developments.

Mixed-use neighborhoods generally fared better economically during pandemic shutdowns than single-use business districts. With much of the workforce now embracing work-where-you-live options, the days of office-only city districts that empty out at night may soon be numbered.

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