City dwellers who fled during pandemic didn’t move far away

Remember those pandemic-era tales of people fleeing cities to work at home in more agreeable surroundings? Turns out, they didn’t go far. While a full return to office remains a distant prospect in cities like Chicago, New York and San Francisco, workers who left highly populated areas either stayed close to the city or just moved to another neighborhood, according to foot traffic analytics firm Placer.ai. “Many assumed that there would be mass exoduses from