IBJ Podcast: When will office workers return to downtown Indy?


Before the pandemic hit Indianapolis in March, some 155,000 people were working regularly downtown. In the weeks after Gov. Eric Holcomb ordered all non-essential workers to go home, just 5% or so of those workers remained. Essentially, the Mile Square became a ghost town.

Today, some of those workers are returning. Many restaurants are open again. And a few offices are open.

But IBJ reporters Samm Quinn and Anthony Schoettle spent a week talking with the leaders of downtown companies and learned that many are delaying plans to bring workers back to the office.

What are the ramifications for downtown? That’s the subject of this week’s podcast.

Want to know more? See Quinn and Schoettle’s story at IBJ.com.

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