Usually I can walk by the Midtown Hotel* without a glance, but today it struck me -- how is this sinfully out-of-place eyesore still standing?
I've gotta think the real estate it occupies -- almost a full block of Huntington at Mass. Ave, at the crossroads of the Back Bay and the South End -- is worth gazillions. Over the years, they must have gotten offers by the bucket load from developers eager to tear it down and build something bigger and better. Who the heck owns it? Do they rent by the hour? How did it ever get built in the first place?
I assume it predates the Christian Science plaza, but I can't imagine the Mother Church is overly fond of its neighbor. Anyway, I'd guess that somebody connected knew somebody connected, tore down some nice old buildings, got the permits for this Brady-Bunch-era fleabag, and now it's a money-laundering machine too valuable to certain unsavory types to tear down. But that's just speculation. Anybody know the real scoop?
*How is this a hotel, not a motel?