City Councilor Josh Zakim says he doesn't hate lawyers - he's one himself - but he says he concerned that too many professionals are taking over street-level storefronts on Charles Street and the Beacon Hill side of Cambridge Street and wants to try to slow the process.
Zakim, who represents most of Beacon Hill, wants to make professional offices a "conditional" use on the two streets. The proposal would still let the agents and brokers move in, but only after a hearing before the Zoning Board of Appeals.
Zakim says that while professionals offer valuable services to residents, they tend to close up shop around 5 p.m., and that's not a good thing for the restaurants, art galleries and other shops that rely on foot traffic for much of their business.
Other city councilors agreed with Zakim's request for a public hearing, the potential first step in getting the city zoning code changed.