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What will happen to Seattle’s empty
office towers when COVID-19 ends?

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Posted By: NorthernDog, 9/7/2020 2:23:04 PM

As many white-collar employers extend into next year the work-from-home policies they instituted in response to the coronavirus pandemic, a vast amount of vertical space in downtown Seattle is leased but empty. The vacant space amounts to more than 700 football fields, by one estimate — acres of desks, with knickknacks and mementos that few but cleaning staff, maintenance crews and interior landscapers have seen for nigh on six months. It’s not clear when workers might begin trickling back into that space or what could become of it in the meantime. “If anyone tells you they know what’s going to

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They blame the empty offices entirely on COVID. I bet more than a few businesses were sick of the rioting, crime, graffiti, and obnoxious politicians.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: MFM 9/7/2020 2:25:06 PM (No. 534012)
Liberal trash destroys everything they touch including a once beautiful city that I moved to 30 years ago. Today its a toxic mess..
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Reply 2 - Posted by: Vesicant 9/7/2020 2:28:50 PM (No. 534018)
That's easy -- either Antifa will burn them down, or the city council will take them over for homeless housing. Seattle is dead, Jim.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: mathman 9/7/2020 2:34:38 PM (No. 534026)
Nothing. The towers will remain empty. Not safe in Seattle. Politicians busy defending Antifa and BLM have no time for business. So don't expect the State to do its job. The State is busy preparing for Socialist rule, by the proles. Once everybody is burned out, all the goods will mysteriously reappear and all the workers will mysteriously be employed again. Selah. It is written.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: LanceLink1 9/7/2020 2:58:14 PM (No. 534051)
Who cares? It's Seattle. With apologies to those who can't leave.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: Highlander 9/7/2020 3:34:01 PM (No. 534074)
Seattle might become like one of those eerie Chinese ghost cities
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Reply 6 - Posted by: john56 9/7/2020 3:46:41 PM (No. 534083)
Well, I can tell you my employer had 500 people working in our offices whe Covid19 hit. Within weeks it was down to 30. A few layoffs but most of us worked from home. We were about to buy an adjoining lot to expand our staff by 100 or so. With Covid19 and social distancing, we arent going to be able to bring all of us back to the office ... maybe 300 or so. But we found out we could make this all work remotely and the plan to buy the adjacent property has been shelved. I doubt I am going back to work from the office.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: Dodge Boy 9/7/2020 3:53:23 PM (No. 534091)
"What will happen to Seattle’s empty office towers when COVID-19 ends?" Stand by for COVID-20 that China has ready to go?
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Reply 8 - Posted by: whyyeseyec 9/7/2020 3:56:21 PM (No. 534093)
Have ANTIFA tear down the office building one broken window at a time. It's much cheaper than hiring a construction crew.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: lftrn97 9/7/2020 4:02:08 PM (No. 534098)
Give them to Antifa to create BLMLAND an autonomous self-governing territory.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: FourMom 9/7/2020 4:15:28 PM (No. 534106)
I suspect you could substitute just about any major city's name for Seattle. I'm in Austin. My company has realized how well folks are working from home and the owners have been talking about reducing our office space for months.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: SamNJ 9/7/2020 4:37:11 PM (No. 534126)
The same question can be asked of NYC. Our local NJ railroad station has around 250 parking spots for commuters into the city. Prior to the lockdown, it was full every weekday. Now, there are 7 or 8 cars, at the most, parked there on any given workday. I don't see that changing in the foreseeable future.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: stablemoney 9/7/2020 5:42:23 PM (No. 534174)
They could lease the offices to BLM. Good luck getting paid.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: or gate 9/7/2020 7:13:39 PM (No. 534225)
Seattle will be like Watts. The insurance companies will not pay for anything. Let the elected clowns that love fires pay the bill.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: DVC 9/7/2020 7:19:14 PM (No. 534229)
How about homeless camps? No sane people are going to want to continue to live in the big Demonrat cities after this.
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Reply 15 - Posted by: coldoc 9/7/2020 8:31:43 PM (No. 534272)
I know what would help. Name the buildings after the idiot politicians. Every fruitcake washatonian would want to work in the inslee building.
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Reply 16 - Posted by: Lawsy0 9/7/2020 8:31:46 PM (No. 534273)
I am getting brain blisters just from trying to care what happens to Seattle.
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Reply 17 - Posted by: bighambone 9/7/2020 8:39:05 PM (No. 534278)
If Biden is elected the Chinese Communists will buy many of those buildings at severely discounted prices with big time skimming off the top passed on to the “UniParty” and their operatives. Count on it.
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Reply 18 - Posted by: udanja99 9/7/2020 8:45:15 PM (No. 534284)
The same thing is happening in DC. All of the government bureaucrats have been “working” from home for months and now there’s no reason for them ever to return to their offices. I used to live in Northern Virginia and the traffic was insane. Now, there’s barely any traffic at all. I now live in the Charleston, SC area and our traffic was back to normal levels by the beginning of May.
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Reply 19 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623 9/7/2020 11:51:39 PM (No. 534362)
Silly question. Millions will be paid to turn them into living facilities for the homeless and druggies.
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Reply 20 - Posted by: RuckusTom 9/8/2020 12:53:30 AM (No. 534390)
A lot of companies have been or will be looking at how much rent they pay along with property taxes, maintenance and security. With everyone working from home, where they can, a lot of those companies are going to decide that having everyone work from home is not such a bad idea - especially if it cuts costs. Need to have a corporate event? Guess what? It's cheaper to rent out a hotel for a day than it is to rent out an entire office building for a year.
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