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As the 2020 coronavirus lockdowns ground America to a halt, a few early prognostications rang out. “New York is dead,” one pundit declared. “Are we going to work from home forever?” asked the New York Times. And plenty of publications, this one included, predicted that business travel would never go back to what it once was

One year later, New York is decisively not dead — but some of the other questions remain unanswered. Business travel was just starting to recover when the delta variant sparked a wave of industry event cancellations. And there’s broad consensus that some variation of remote work also is likely here to stay, if not every day of every week.