Mayor Walsh has appointed 24 people to a Late Night Task Force (one for each hour?) to figure out how to wake up the City that Always Sleeps by giving parts of Boston that late-night life that all the other world-class cities seem to have already figured out how to provide. And he hopes to have at least some pilot later-night offerings open to the public this summer.
Among other things, the task force will make recommendations on which business districts and neighborhoods could support establishments open into the wee hours (so relax, West Roxbury), how to deal with current liquor licenses that mandate the end of alcohol sales no later than 2 a.m., and how to get people to and from the later-night zones (so relax, Roslindale, since the T doesn't think you need late-night service).
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, Bostonâ€™s street lights, and where young adults live.
The task force will be co-chaired by Rory Cuddyer of the mayor's office and John Fitzgerald of the BRA. Members are:
- Bill Lee, Owner, Hong Kong Restaurant
- Bob Luz, President/CEO, Massachusetts Restaurant Association
- Brian Carthas, Associate, Openview Ventures
- Brian Davis, District Sales Manager, EMC Corporation
- Carol Downs, Co-owner and General Manager, Bella Luna Restaurant & The Milky Way Lounge
- Chloe Ryan, Manager, ONEin3 Program
- David Colella, General Manager, Colonnade Hotel
- Dean Kenneth Elmore, Dean of Students, Boston University
- Duncan Brown, Chief Operating Officer, Newbury Comics
- Jamie Chisholm, Vice President, Resolute Consulting LLC
- Jim Doolin, Chief Development Officer, Massport
- Jorge Mendoza, Co-owner and Chef, Vinoteca di Monica
- Kareem Agha, Account Executive, Bullhorn
- Kate Ziegler, Co-Director, Hollaback! Boston
- Kelly Gifford, Director of External Relations, ICA
- Lauren Campbell, Student, UMass Boston
- Marvin McMoore, Student, Northeastern University
- Meg Mainzer-Cohen, President and Executive Director, Back Bay Association
- Police Sergeant (Det.) Robert Mulvey, Boston Police Department
- Russ deMariano, Owner, Goodcheer Enterprises, Redbrook Restaurant Group
- Edrie Edrie, Accordionist, Walter Sickert and the Army of Broken Toys
- Sidney Baptista, Senior Associate, PricewaterhouseCoopers
- Teresa Coffey-Gordon, Chief Marketing Officer Millennium Partners Sports Club Management LLC
- Vincent Petryk, Owner, JP Licks
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