By Michael Johnson (PhD Student at UMass Boston, OSC Track).
Would you want to live just footsteps away from work? The question stayed in my mind as I read the recent Wall Street Journal article about Facebook’s plans to build a “394-unit housing community within walking distance of its offices” that will include amenities such as an “on-site café, convenience store, resort-inspired pool, rooftop entertainment deck, etc.” (Albergotti). Facebook corporate headquarters are located in Menlo Park, CA, an area with high real estate values and a shortage of housing. The lure of a one-stop work-life environment can be incredibly attractive to today’s workers who want a company that is accommodating to both their personal and professional needs. With many companies vying to attract and retain talent, Facebook is taking a popular strategy to a new level.