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Employees Belong in Cities, Not Just in Cubicles

Critics of Yahoo! Inc.’s recent ban on telecommuting say the policy will hurt productivity, while supporters say that making employees come into the office will help the struggling company.

But the decision, issued by Marissa Mayer, the chief executive officer, makes a larger point: Technological progress makes face-to-face contact more, not less, important. A complicated world needs personal interactions, and the cities that enable those interactions, to promote innovation.