BOSTON — From the corner of Congress Street and Northern Avenue in Boston's Seaport District, the success of a boom seems natural, a divine right.
Looking east, there's not a hint of the doldrums of lingering economic malaise seen in places like Hartford. A wall of new, glass towers arises a few blocks away, at the Fort Point Channel, and there's one hole in the ground with a drawing of what's to come.
Jerry Remy's restaurant, a Morton's The Steakhouse and two Legal Sea Foods locations — one of them dubbed a "Test Kitchen" — all stand within a couple hundred feet.
Just beyond the channel, downtown Boston looms, infused with historic and...