April 22, 2008
Rush Hour Redefined
How will telework change commuting patterns?
Today the virtual work place trend is apparent in college towns across the U.S. like Amherst, Mass., and lifestyle locales like Asheville, N.C., and Bellingham, Wash., which are quickly becoming quality of life destinations for boomers developing their own virtual companies. Rather than experiencing clog ups during rush hour, quality-of-life locales like Amherst are experiencing far more traffic congestion at meal times--particularly lunch--as the self-employed virtual company owner heads to commercial districts for business meetings and to conduct errands. In these sorts of places, it's a return to the 19th century where people live and work close to a town or village center.
April 22, 2008 9:08 AM
I'm very cautious in attributing any long-term social change due to 'tele-commuting'. We've been hearing about this for 15 years now, but given that more and more of our jobs are in the service industry... is this really an issue?
I only see it as an issue for the salt-of-the-earth middle-classers; not the most-of-the-earth lower-classers.