The Real Estate Bust America’s Suburbs Need

Bloomberg, Mar. 23, 2023–Conor Sen
In all the banking turmoil of the past two weeks, the commercial real estate market has come into focus as another at-risk sector stressed by high interest rates. But while banks and investors sweat the potential for losses and loan defaults, there is a silver lining for certain places, including suburban enclaves that have exploded in growth and become more affluent over the past decade. Decaying but not-quite-dead-yet assets like big office complexes have been holding back transformations needed to support expanding populations. Their failure would ultimately be a benefit to their communities, which have been building toward this moment since the fallout from the 2008 recession.