Shifting to life post-Covid: How remote work transformed this city in the Midwest
Lansing, Michigan may never be the same. The city of just over 110,000 residents known for its towering state capitol building, large convention center and proximity to campuses is trying to reshape itself for a post-Covid world.
It’s been more than three years since the global pandemic sent workers accustomed to five-day, in-person work weeks away from offices. Many desk workers are still working from home for at least some of the week. That’s because remote and hybrid work models originally adopted as a short-term solution have shown staying power, even with the global public health emergency officially declared over.
“We are looking at how do we shift our energy from serving mainly one type of demographic, to making sure that our downtown neighborhood is welcoming and inclusive of all.” said Cathleen Edgerly, executive director of Downtown Lansing, Inc., a nonprofit working on the culture and sustainability of the downtown. The goal is to build “the downtown and community for those who want to be there, not those who are just coming in and out as fast as they can.”