I have a new piece in today's Globe about the bars, restaurants, and food trucks that seem to be the only businesses opening in downtown Boston. I see some good things in the trend; bibliophiles and anti-obesity warriors may disagree. Here is a sample, but please check out the whole essay at Boston.com:
The city has always been about the spaces where people can run into each other. So cocktail bars and food trucks will fill the gap left by Filene’s Basement and Tower Records. Instead of checking out the new record releases every week, we can now peruse the city’s increasingly inventive cocktail menus or see what’s new on the board at J.P. Licks.
This probably isn’t great for our waists or our productivity. Downtown office buildings will have to offer nap rooms for workers who can’t resist three-taco lunches. But psychologically, a new emphasis on eating rather than buying things may be a healthy trend. In a Cornell University study published last year, people reported more long-term satisfaction from experiences (such as vacations) than from cars, TVs, and other consumer goods.
Photo of Boloco burrito shop on School Street from Boloco website.