The well-documented decline of the newspaper industry, combined with the enduring popularity of city living, is having one unexpected consequence: reinvention of the urban areas these old media companies once inhabited.

Take the northeast corner of Boston’s South End. In the 1950s, store-laden blocks were razed to make way for industrial structures, including the headquarters for the Boston Herald Traveler newspaper, which ultimately became the Boston Herald. In 2012, the Herald moved to the city’s Seaport District, and the…

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