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Jim Donovan

I've been challenging the myth of the telecommuter for years. People come together into teams, workplaces and cities to work,to interact with each other and to gain access to services and goods. It is the bringing together of people in informal and formal regular physical contact that has enabled society to develop to where it is today. Workplaces, cities, and organisation such as companies are the means of doing that.

* Companies are increasingly consolidating sites, campuses and offices into larger floorplate buildings in fewer locations;
* Most phone calls, text messages and emails are between people within walking distance of each other. The second biggest category are between people within a short drive of each other (for social and business purposes).
* Rents and property prices in cities are still much higher than anywhere else (and have been less affected by the current property crunches in various countries). Most organisations and households clearly still choose to be located in cities.
* Contrary to popular belief, cities generate less carbon and other pollutants, and use less energy per capita than towns, villages and rural households. It’s only because cities concentrate such use that they seem worse.

We may become more mobile and connected, but workplaces and cities will still be our primary places to do work.

S. Weasel

I think the key is "young."

My husband and I telecommute and we've recently moved from urban to rural. Most of our neighbors are recent incomers, too. And fellow old farts.

We both lived in the country for a while as young people and HATED it -- had the persistent feeling we were missing out on something.

It's a temperament thing.

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