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Boston’s Late Night Task Force Plans to Launch Pilot Programs This Summer

03/29/2014 BOSTON, MA The last Green Line train to Lechmere (cq) arrives at Park Street Station at 2:39 a.m during the first night of the MBTA's late night service extension from 1:00 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. (Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe)
The last Green Line train to Lechmere arrives at Park Street Station at 2:39 a.m during the first night of the MBTA's late night service extension from 1:00 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe

The Late Night Task Force put together by Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh has started work on plans to launch pilot programs this summer to improve the city’s nightlife. The 24-member task force, which has met twice since it launched in April, is comprised of local business leaders, students, law enforcement, and restaurant and bar owners.

“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,” Walsh said in a statement. “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.”

Part of the task force’s job will be to examine neighborhoods that are favorable for later closing hours, the public safety requirements of the expanded late night hours, the restrictions of existing liquor licenses, the expansion of entertainment licenses, and access to late night transportation. Students from the Harvard Kennedy School are working with the task force, using analysis of other cities’ late night services.

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Rory Cuddyer, the Special Assistant to the Mayor’s Chief of Staff, and John Fitzgerald, the Senior Project Manager at the Boston Redevelopment Authority, are co-chairing the task force. The 24 members include:

  • 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

Update: BetaBoston has noted that no one from a young startup is included on the task force.

There isn't a single representative from the sorts of small but promising companies that are streaming into Boston neighborhoods -- such as the Seaport, the Leather District, and the Financial District -- and that would be among the biggest beneficiaries, from a recruiting perspective, of Boston having better night-life.

The task force thus may not actually represent the the interests of many of those located in the neighborhoods most likely to be the testing ground for the new late-night initiatives

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