Live, work & play. Downtown crossing is in the final phase of its transformation. 23 years ago I moved back to Boston from California and took the T to Park Street and walked to Milk Street daily. At that time you could still buy a suit at Filene’s Basement. Over those years we have seen retailers come and go and some shuttered buildings evolve to residential buildings. Now, we are seeing the area become a destination location for office workers priced out of E. Cambridge, but wish to maintain Red Line access. 1,000 new housing units are coming online and the repurposing of the Daniel H. Burnham building into offices for Arnold Communications.
A national voice on Downtown Crossing, the NY Times, describes “some $4 billion in private investment over the last decade is finally stoking the long-neglected district with both a new attitude and fresh appeal. Developers are rapidly reinventing Downtown Crossing as an upscale residential neighborhood filled with stores, restaurants and cafes catering to students and young professionals.”
The NYT article is available online: New Energy Rouses Boston’s Downtown Crossing