Recommended Readings: Fall/Winter 2020

Stoic Urbanist recommended articles for Fall/Winter 2020

Below are some of our favorite articles from the last few months which will likely resonate with our readers.

Real Estate

  • Amazon Bets on Office-Based Work with Expansion in Major Cities (WSJ)
  • Lake Tahoe, Vail Aren’t Just for Vacation Anymore as Homebound Families Move In (WSJ)
  • Remote Work Is Reshaping San Francisco, as Tech Workers Flee and Rents Fall (WSJ)
  • Commercial Properties’ Ability to Repay Mortgages Was Overstated, Study Finds (WSJ)
  • Millions Are House-Rich but Cash-Poor. Wall Street Landlords Are Ready. (WSJ)
  • Goodbye, Open Office. Hello, ‘Dynamic Workplace. (WSJ)
  • Booming house prices spell more trouble for the social contract (Economist)
  • The Next Economic Crisis: Empty Retail Space (Politico)
  • Commercial-Property Foreclosures Poised to Rise as Covid-19 Lingers (WSJ)
  • Renters Flock to Suburbia, Upending Decadelong Urbanization Trend (WSJ)
  • Pressure on New York Commercial Real Estate Worries Investors (WSJ)
  • Uber Founder Turns Real-Estate Mogul for Ghost Kitchen Startup (WSJ)
  • Rents Rise on Suburban Homes Amid Race for Space (WSJ)
  • Malls File for Bankruptcy or Shut Their Doors as Pandemic Pain Spreads (WSJ)
  • Mounting Commercial Real Estate Losses Threaten Banks, Recovery (Washington Post)
  • The Forgotten Front Porch Is Making a Comeback (WSJ)

Urbanism & Mobility

  • Coronavirus Accelerates Plans to Put Urban Commuters on Bicycles (WSJ)
  • The Pandemic is Giving E-Bikes a Boost (Economist)
  • Why “Middle Neighborhoods” are the Sweet Spot Between City and the Suburbs (US News)
  • The Recession is About to Slam Cities. Not Just the Blue-State Ones. (NYT)
  • A New York Biker’s Headache: Where to Store It (NYT)
  • Suburbs Can Woo City People By Being More City-Like (Bloomberg)
  • How to Save Cities But I Doubt People Will Listen (The James Altucher Idea List)
  • College Town Economies Suffer as Students Avoid Bars, Football Tailgating (WSJ)
  • City of London’s Socially Distanced Streets May Be Here to Stay (Bloomberg)
  • America’s Main Street Revival Goes Into Reverse, Cutting a Small-Town Lifeline (WSJ)
  • Americans Are Driving Less Than Before Pandemic, and Its Permanent (Bloomberg)
  • As Food Deliveries Boom, So Do Ghost Kitchens (NYT)
  • In a Land of Cul-de-Sacs, the Street Grid Stages a Comeback (Bloomberg)
  • Uber Founder Turns Real-Estate Mogul for Ghost Kitchen Startup (WSJ)
  • Public Transit Agencies Slash Services, Staff as Ridership Dips (WSJ)
  • State, Local Governments Slashed Spending. Next Year Could Be Worse. (WSJ)
  • Bogotá its Building its Future Around Bikes (Bloomberg CityLab)
  • The 15-Minute City-No Cars Required-Is Urban Planning’s New Utopia (Bloomberg Businessweek)
  • How Suburbs Will Change After COVID (Congress for New Urbanism)
  • What Can the Biden Administration Do To Reform Zoning? (City Monitor)


  • Howard Marks Memo: A Time for Thinking (Oaktree Capital Management)
  • Muni Defaults Surge, but Yields Don’t Follow (WSJ)
  • Warren Buffett and the $300,000 Haircut (WSJ)
  • Hedge Funds Head for Florida With Taxes on Rich Rising Elsewhere (Bloomberg)
  • Inflation Is Already Here—For the Stuff You Actually Want to Buy (WSJ)

“The Rona”

  • Retail Landlords Offer Pandemic Clauses in New Leases (WSJ)
  • Covid: Is it time we learned to live with the virus? (BBC)
  • How Pandemic Sparked a European Cycling Revolution (BBC)
  • Teachers Find Higher Pay and Growing Options in Covid Pods (WSJ)
  • Choosing the Suburbs Over City Life During the Pandemic (Washington Post)
  • Not Even a Pandemic Can Break Rich Cities’ Grip on the U.S. Economy (Washington Post)
  • Starwood CEO Barry Sternlicht Talks About Life Amid Covid-19 and What’s Next (Commercial Observer)
  • When the Coronavirus Pandemic Settles Down, so Will Homeowners (WSJ)
  • Homebuyers During Covid Say It Takes a Village to Find a House (WSJ)
  • Cities Dealt a Blow as Return to Office Fades (WSJ)


  • What travel will look like after Coronavirus (WSJ)
  • Air travel’s sudden collapse will reshape a trillion-dollar industry (Economist)
  • Airlines Plan for Prolonged Coronavirus Travel Drought (WSJ)


  • Why Being Kind Helps You, Too—Especially Now (WSJ)

Entrepreneurship & Management

  • Why You Should Have (at Least) Two Careers (HBR)
  • What CEOs Really Think About Remote Work (WSJ)
  • The Army Rolls Out a New Weapon: Strategic Napping (NYT)
  • How Airbnb Pulled Back From the Brink (WSJ)
  • Twitter’s Jack Dorsey: A Hands-Off CEO in a Time of Turmoil (WSJ)
  • In the Covid Economy, Laid-Off Employees Become New Entrepreneurs (WSJ)
  • Former Zappos Chief Tony Hsieh Exalted Customer Service, Set High Bar for Rivals (WSJ)