Philadelphia continues to lag behind most major cities in the United States in the return-to-office race, granting the City of Brotherly Love a reputation as one of the emptiest office districts in the country, writes Katie Mogg for The Wall Street Journal.
One weekly measure shows that the majority of office workers in the Philadelphia region continue to work remotely most of the time.
Kastle Systems, a security firm that tracks employee badge swipes in and out of buildings, has reported that the occupancy rate in Philadelphia offices is hovering around 40 percent, even dipping below 40 percent in some weeks during the summer.
The city has put a major effort into luring people back into downtown areas, but the return remains slow.
Center City District said its data shows that office occupancy steadily grew to 57 percent as of June. Paul Levy, chief executive of Center City District, is hoping to see that number rise to 75 percent.
“As an organization, we’ve done everything we can to reactivate,” he said.
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