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  1. tom veil

    I live in Mass Court.

    First off, allow me to call bull on the claim of wide sidewalks — the sidewalks there are no wider than the average Judiciary/Chinatown sidewalk, and much narrower than the broad sidewalks that just opened in front of the CityVista and 455 Mass.

    I'm at a bit of a loss to come up with a good retail plan for that building. As best as I can tell, management is stubbornly refusing to take low-rent businesses, or to turn it into art space (which would earn it transferrable development credits). But I cannot come up with a high-rent business that would do well there. Foot traffic is probably only 1/10th of what it is on 7th & H, because the H/4/3/Mass/395 jumble is one of the most dangerous places in the city for pedestrians, and until the 395 Air Rights get developed, there's just not enough retail for it to be a destination.