In our dictionary, we define “concerns” as: “When not referring to companies, it means worries, ranging from red tide’s hurting Maine clam beds to Pakistan’s nuclear weapons falling into Taliban’s hands.”
Today’s example is not quite as worrisome. The Boston Globe reports, in an Apr. 13, 2019, business story about empty retail stores in Downtown Crossing, the traditional shopping area of Boston, becoming offices: “The proposed change also is raising concerns in some quarters about a block and a half of Washington Street in the busy shopping district being converted to office space.”
Of course, the story does not identify the worried “quarters” or what they have against offices instead of empty stores.