Several Recent Reports and Articles Offer Variable Views on Best Cities for Work and Most Substantial City Comebacks from the Pandemic

On June 10, 2021, the National League of Cities (NLC) released its 2021 State of the Cities report – an analysis based on a survey of local officials from nearly 600 cities, towns and villages, along with an assessment of 57 mayoral speeches – to show how cities have fared during the pandemic and how cities are positioned for the future. Many cities are a long way from returning to something closely resembling our pre-pandemic normal life. How do these challenges and outcomes ultimately influence the near future of work in our nation’s cities?