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With downtown Boston still lagging behind its pre-pandemic vitality, Mayor Michelle Wu said Tuesday her administration is organizing a grand reopening-style event to help lure more office workers back.

Wu revealed the plan during an appearance on GBH News’ “Boston Public Radio” show, promising “if you come in downtown, there’ll be something exciting to do, something unexpected to experience.”

The mayor wouldn’t commit to a specific date, but said her administration hopes to time the event around the Boston Marathon on April 18. The city plans to coordinate with major downtown employers around the scheduling, she said.

While downtown has become busier in recent weeks, many office workers are still staying home and many downtown companies still sorting out their future in-office policies and office space needs. The effect on the neighborhood has been palpable, Wu said.

“[The pandemic] has had a huge impact on our small businesses, that have been really struggling without the foot traffic they really rely on,” she told hosts Jim Braude and Margery Eagan. “Cities are forever changed by this. It’s no longer enough to say, ‘Well, we have a big company and people can live by there who have jobs.’ We truly need to lean on what makes Boston a place where people truly can’t miss out except for being there in person. Arts. Culture. Being together. Celebrating community.”

Wu Plans ‘Downtown Reopening’ to Lure Workers Back

by James Sanna time to read: 1 min