Opening grates: A city effort gets mixed results - The Boston Globe
As an example of a success story, the city points to Allston, where community leaders have been urging business owners to take them down for almost 10 years, as a success story. The grates create a feeling that ''this is a place where crime happens,' said Jennifer Rose, who is the executive director of Allston Village Main Streets. In the district of about 300 businesses, Rose said, many storeowners have taken down their grates, and others have decided not to put them up, to fit in with the changing district.
'They've seen that the others have done so, and it has been better for business,' she said.