Coronavirus readers: What does the city’s post-pandemic future look like?

Send us your predictions.

A passer-by walks a nearly empty sidewalk near the Old State House in downtown Boston in March. Steven Senne / AP

Empty office spaces. Muted downtown streets. Restaurants shutting down — for the winter or for good. Rents actually dropping, though still untenable for many.

The coronavirus pandemic has fundamentally changed everyday life in the city of Boston.

But imagine, for a minute, a post-winter, post-vaccine, post-pandemic Boston.

Does it look like the old Boston, snapping back to the way things were before March 2020? Or will the pandemic spur lasting changes, for better or worse?

Will local officials and restauranteurs see a new era of shared streets and outdoor dining? What types of small businesses reopen — and which ones do not?

Will the MBTA’s recent progress be undermined by sweeping service cuts? How long will white-collar employees keep working from home? And what do those developments mean for the area’s notorious traffic?

Could the reshaped housing market create the opportunity for a more inclusive city — or will the region become even more segregated?

We want to hear your predictions for the future of Boston. Let us know how you think the pandemic will change the city — and the region — by emailing [email protected] or submitting your thoughts below, and they’ll be incorporated into a future article on

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