This evening, Downtown Crossing will be bumping with residents, business owners and city officials celebrating $13.2 million in improvements to the district.
West Street Block Party was set to kick off around 4:30 p.m. at the intersection of West and Washington Streets, and is expected to feature live music and tastings by 10 recently opened and soon-to-open Downtown Crossing restaurants.
One of those businesses is The Back Deck Restaurant, where Mayor Thomas M. Menino is set to speak at 5 p.m. He will also mark the eatery’s opening with a ribbon cutting there, according to Susan Elsbree, Spokesperson for the Boston Redevelopment Authority.
“The goal of tonight is for the city to celebrate $13.2 million in capitol improvements that residents will soon start seeing in the district,” Elsbree said.
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Those improvements include new LED signs, paving, street lamps and new trees.
“It should really improve the public’s experience in Downtown Crossing,” Elsbree said.
Elsbree said there were already hundreds of people milling around Downtown crossing at 4 p.m., apparently waiting for the party to start.