WFH City Transformation

Don Wickelgren
October 31, 2022

I love Freakonomics Radio and have been listening for about a decade. It gives data-based insight into what's happening and can be used to hack your personal life as well as supply insight into business decisions. This podcast discusses the likely transformation of our cities and, to a lesser extent, our suburbs and towns. Changes can be disruptive. Big changes can shift the balance of power and money across society.

The fact is that shrinking commercial real estate drives lower revenue to cities and reduces services. All of this can drive a spiral of human exodus to less dense areas. By this time, it's clear to everyone that the ability to work remotely will grow, and this has consequences. The loss of revenue within a city is somewhat offset by larger, more work-friendly homes. I think this can also be driven into education, reducing municipal costs and maintenance of school buildings.


A society's ability to adapt without violence and significant disruption will determine the wealth growth and healthy middle class required to have a thriving society.


Don Wicklegren is Xilium's founder. He is a technologist by profession who started his career pre-internet in remote medical technology and learning. He has worked in both small and large corporations with world-wide remote staff and became a part of the team who developed the first commercial internet. As an entrepreneur, he started his first technology company in 2001. In Xilium, he focuses on innovating solutions for the US healthcare system.