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The big app fell: Not long ago, the coworking company WeWork looked like it was going to take over the world, or at the least the Big Apple. In 2018, WeWork became the largest office tenant in New York City, and today, it holds some 8.9 million square feet of the city’s office space. But after a stalled-out IPO and CEO Adam Neumann’s ouster, the company’s sudden decline has observers wondering: What will happen to New York’s real estate markets if WeWork goes under?
The short answer is nothing immediately dramatic, because at its core WeWork is “more an overly ambitious property-management company than a disruptive tech startup,” CityLab’s Kriston Capps and Sarah Holder write. “But the company’s fate could shake up how flexible office space is designed, leased, and occupied, in New York City and beyond.” On CityLab: What WeWork’s Demise Could Do to New York City Real Estate
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