Matthew Reed Baker

The Arts Beat: Can Dog Biscotti Save Downtown Crossing?

WE USED TO CALL IT Downtown Crossing; now it’s just the Hole in the Ground, a Filene’s-shaped chasm threatening to swallow the once-vibrant retail district. While the nonprofit Downtown Crossing Partnership can’t do anything about the hole — that’s the mayor’s…

Connoisseur: February 2010: Arts & Culture: Then & Now: The Combat Zone

When government center displaced Boston’s red-light district in the 1960s, the prostitutes, XXX theaters, and crime moved just west, to Washington Street between Essex and Kneeland. The -notorious "Combat Zone" also attracted photographers Roswell Angier, Jerry Berndt, and John Goodman,…