Back Bay, the Seaport, and the Financial District are taking divergent tracks as the pandemic eases, depending largely on how reliant they are on office workers.

Since the start of the pandemic, there have been lots of questions about the future of downtown Boston. But three years in, it’s increasingly becoming clear that the answer to those questions hinges largely on which downtown Boston you’re talking about.

After all, the city’s core business districts — stretching roughly from Mass. Ave. to the edges of Boston Harbor — are hardly a monolith. And in a time of hybrid work, it’s the hybrid places, where people don’t just work but also live and play, that are bouncing back fastest.

So the post-COVID recovery of downtown can look quite different depending on where you’re standing. Just ask Arturo Barroso.

The retail there is also booking at a brisk rate, said Whitney Gallivan, a broker with Boston Realty Advisors, in contrast to some corners of the city.

“I feel like Newbury has never been stronger,” Gallivan said.

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