High Rises Bring Changes To Boston’s ‘Hobby Street’07:09

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Downtown Crossing is enjoying a renaissance. But, with so many high rises sprouting up in the area, small-scale commercial streets' futures are in doubt.

The Boston Redevelopment Authority is considering plans for a new tower on the corner of Washington and Bromfield Streets. The proposed building would be 700 feet tall — as tall as Millenium Tower, which is finishing up construction across the street.

The developer, Midwood, would have to get the height restriction in the neighborhood changed to build the project. It would go up on the rapidly changing street once described as Boston's "Hobby Street."


Fred Thys, WBUR reporter. He tweets @fredthys.

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WBUR: High Rises Bring Changes To Boston’s ‘Hobby Street’

  • "Downtown Crossing is enjoying a renaissance. But the sprouting of high rises has cast doubt over the future of the neighborhood’s small-scale commercial streets and shops, including Bromfield Street."

This segment aired on May 25, 2016.