Nah it doesn't have to mean that - it's just common sense not to be too ambitious these days. Back in Jim's day they had so much in production and so needed various offices and workshops, and it was much harder to find and rent space back then. Nowdays they have less in production and people's job descriptions are much wider so you need less people. It just doesn't make sense to be paying out so much in quiet periods ...... just look at Henson UK though, they have one management office and a built in workshop with relatively few staff. When they have shows in production they rent a sound stage at 'Elstree'. They manage great, in fact last year had at least 3 shows in continuous production as well as film work. Thats way more than Henson USA had and look at all the facilities and staff there !