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Supply Chain Graphic of the Week: Cell Phone Usage Shows Big Downtowns in Trouble



Cell Traffic in Many Cities a Fraction of Pre-Pandemic Levels

June 22, 2023



Many large US cities - downtowns specifically - are in trouble, with falling populations and empty offices, both largely due remote working arrangements.


One interesting measure of the drop in people and economic activity in cities: cell phone usage versus befote the pandemic in select cities, as shown below in a chart this week from the Wall Street Journal:




Source: Wall Street Journal


San Francisco, for example, is becoming an empty shell, with cell phone traffic just about 30% of 2019 levels.


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