According to Steve Maviglio, the mayor's unpaid volunteer spokesman, Johnson's 3rd floor office has an open design "that allows for a more collaborative approach because everybody on the mayor's team can see each other." By contrast, the mayor's old 5th floor office consisted of two rooms with doors on them and two cubicles with high walls. Maviglio said no new furniture was purchased and the move didn't cost the city anything. Johnson got the idea for the move when he visited Mayor Michael Bloomberg in New York who has a similar kind of set up there which he calls the " bull pen."
As for Johnson meeting up with his fellow city council members? Maviglio says "they are just a touch of the elevator away."