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In a grand third-floor chamber on a recent afternoon, officials grilled developers about a revitalization plan for a blighted neighborhood that included a tavern placed near luxury condominiums.
“So if I’m living in those condos, I’m going to deal with kids coming out of the bar and puking on my stoop at 2 a.m.?” an official asked. The team’s marketing director insisted that the bar would attract not over-imbibers but professionals from nearby offices gathering for after-work drinks but who “don’t want to get too messed up.”
If some descriptions were less than polished, if some male developers’ chins were smooth of stubble or their female counterparts seemed wobbly in high heels, it was because these were not seasoned professionals but Boston Latin School seniors presenting fictional solutions to quandaries cities face as they grow and change.