For Rent: San Francisco’s empty offices and the future of central business districts
- U.S. cities are getting bigger, and the pandemic has not affected that trend, at least for now. Non-coastal cities are rising along with “superstar” cities like Seattle, San Francisco and New York.
- The “central business district” is increasingly transforming into a central culture, entertainment and recreation district—a key to attracting urban dwellers who are otherwise able to work from home.
- The one thing cities must get right to thrive is making sure basic city services—clean and safe streets, public transportation, easy access—are predictable and reliable.
Saving the City: Remaking the American Metropolis is a multi-part documentary series focused on finding a better future for American cities and the people who live in them. VISION by Protiviti partnered with Saving the City to create exclusive videos for our Future of Cities topic. Ron Blatman, Executive Producer of Saving the City, also created and produced the acclaimed Saving the Bay, a four-part PBS series on the history of the San Francisco Bay, which continues to air. The series, narrated by Robert Redford, received four regional Emmy awards, including Best Documentary. For VISION by Protiviti, Blatman produced the video above on the future of central business districts post-pandemic and empty offices in San Francisco in particular. Blatman sat down with VISION by Protiviti’s executive editor Joe Kornik to discuss those issues, which are the subject of the exclusive video. Read the interview below.