|This note was found afixed to a door in the Hayden Building,|
and has been kept by HBI as a souvenir of its Combat Zone days
Curbed Boston this week cited the Hayden Building’s restoration as the last gasp of the edgy Combat Zone on Lower Washington Street – now the fast-growing “Midtown” – and the end of the edgy advertising that, Curbed says, kept the Phoenix afloat. It won’t be the first time we’ve been accused of gentrification; but we know that – no joke -- had HBI not intervened on the Hayden Building 20 years ago, it just wouldn’t be there right now. Change is a fact of life, even for historic buildings.