We wrote this story on new, technology-driven uses for central business districts for Dell Technologies for their Perspectives blog.
Among the more striking images of pandemic life in 2020 were pictures of deer reclaiming the streets of Nara, Japan. It was just one example of what happened when COVID-19 lockdowns emptied central business districts around the world.
Now that many countries are returning to pre-COVID activities, downtown areas are slower to bounce back as a large number of employees continue to work remotely. But signs of revitalization point to a future in which the central business district is reborn as a place not only to work but to live and socialize.
City planning experts are calling this vision for the future of downtown the central social district.