How can Boston improve its nightlife?
Mayor's response on May 12th, 2014:
BOSTON—Mayor Martin J. Walsh has identified a diverse group of students, restaurant and bar owners, law enforcement, and business leaders from across the City to create a Late Night Task Force. The group, which has held two meetings since its April 2014 launch, is examining ways to foster and grow a safe and vibrant late night culture in the City of Boston.
“As I shared with the Boston Municipal Research Bureau in March, we have an opportunity here to create the kind of nightlife that visitors expect in a world-class city,” said Mayor Walsh. “We’re thinking globally, and by engaging with a wide range of stakeholders and the community, we can explore new ways to make Boston a more exciting and engaging place to live, work, study and visit.”
The Late Night Task Force is examining: business districts and neighborhoods that are favorable for later closing hours; public safety requirements of expanded late night hours; existing liquor license restrictions; entertainment license expansion; late night transportation access; and how to effectively launch the expanded services. The Task Force is working with students at the Harvard Kennedy School who have analyzed how other cities have approached expanded late night activities, surveyed young people, and mapped liquor license and crime statistics, Boston’s street lights, and where young adults live.
Edward L. Glaeser from the Boston Globe (and a Professor of Economics at Harvard) wrote an interesting article titled, Better nightlife through experimentation. He asks the question, "where should all this activity in the wee hours be allowed?" His article includes data and maps.
On Friday, March 28, 2014, the MBTA started its Late Night Pilot Program that extended service 90 minutes on all subway and key bus routes on Friday and Saturday nights. Thrillist created a Boston T Bar Map that replaces subway stations with bars close by.
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