Millennium Place leads the way to a new Downtown Crossing

Millennium Place continues to push Downtown Crossing toward a new living urbanism. Media outlets have been a buzz with the influx of new restaurants, bars, and retail that’s being proposed; all in response to demand created by the new Boston luxury residences. The latest move from the developer, Millennium Partners, is a proposal for a special public space in Downtown Crossing: a small amphitheater where workers and shoppers can relax or take in a street performance. The gathering spot in Shopper’s Park, a wedge-shaped plaza at the corner of Washington and Franklin streets, would feature stadium-style steps built over the entrance to an existing MBTA Orange Line station. Enlivening the park “sounds good” to Fred Rosenthal, owner of the nearby Bromfield Pen Shop. “I think anything they can do to make the area more attractive and friendly to people would be great,” he said. This is just one more example of how luxury design like Millennium Place can change more just the neighborhood, but rather how we live in it.