The Globe resurrects the idea of reopening Washington Street to traffic as if that would solve all the problems related to the lack of stores - and let's not forget the question of where all those people would park. Hmm, but you could solve the parking problem by turning the Filene's Memorial Hole into a garage, although that would still leave you with no reason for people to drive down there. But maybe if they also shut down the Downtown Crossing and Park Street T stops, we could force people to drive there.
The Outraged Liberal is no fan of the car idea, either:
... Retail. That's what would bring the area back.
That and taking back bad decisions such as building an urban fortress on Washington Street that housed the uninviting and ill-fated Lafayatte Mall and is now home to an Eddie Bauer outlet and taco shop and heaven knows what else. ...