I guess you work with the downtown development that you have, not the downtown development that you wish you had. From today's Boston Globe:
Mayor Thomas M. Menino strolled part of the Downtown Crossing district of Boston yesterday, shaking hands with enthusiastic shop owners and celebrating the grand opening of a burrito shop....
"It's important to have people walking there," Menino said after cutting the ribbon at Boloco, a chain restaurant that has large windows that open onto Province Street.
The next time you walk past the section of Washington Street that used to be Filene's, remind yourself: No, this isn't Berlin circa 1945, for I'm within walking distance of a Cajun burrito with organic tofu!