The Sunday Globe features a piece by Jon Chesto about developer Robert Korff and his plans to remake the Washington Street Corridor. For those of us who have been following the situation for the past several years, beginning with Korff’s purchase of the Orr block, the piece doesn’t contain much that we don’t already know. What I found interesting is the story placement; this morning it was the lead online.
The need to redevelop Washington Street from Newtonville to West Newton Square should be obvious to anyone who drives by: Most of the buildings are outdated and unattractive. The need for housing across the Greater Boston area is also well documented. The one question I have about the Washington Street plan, and frankly any mixed-use development, is the retail component: How does any developer make that work in the face of intense and growing competition from Amazon and others? I’d like to know what you all think.
Here’s the story, which is already drawing a lot of reader engagement.