View Full Version : Loosen Up, Boston?: A Building A Better Commonwealth Event

Beton Brut
05-01-2012, 11:57 AM
Risqué movies are no longer "banned in Boston," but proposals for new buildings, liquor licenses, and late operating hours often meet with great skepticism in many neighborhoods. To outsiders -- and many local business owners and developers -- efforts to protect neighborhoods come across as NIMBYism, nannyism, and resistance to a more active nightlife.

How can we work together to find the right balance between maintaining Boston's character while enhancing urban vitality and giving new night life venues and recreations a chance to take root?

We have invited thought leaders, entrepreneurs, residents, and civic leaders to represent a diversity of perspectives to ensure a well-rounded conversation. Moderated by Peter Canellos, the Editor of The Boston Globe’s Editorial Page, the discussion will yield a deeper understanding of how we, as the Commonwealth’s citizens, could address this issue.


Larry Harmon columnist, The Boston Globe (@GlobeOpinion)

Malia Lazu executive director, Future Boston Alliance (@FutureBoston)

J. Alain Ferry ceo, RaceMenu (@racemenu, @velospeed)

Ali Fong chef + owner, Bon Mi Food Truck (@bonme)

Randi Lathrop deputy director, Community Planning (@bostonredevelop)


5:30 – 6:00p registration

6:00 – 7:15p conversation

7:15 – 8:00p networking reception

05-01-2012, 03:11 PM
I hope someone there will point out that there's no contradiction between "maintaining Boston's character" and nightlife, unless by character they mean its sleepiness. As if thousands-year-old Old World cities don't have places for people to drink and dance...

05-01-2012, 08:04 PM
Ancient old world cities couldn't possibly have more vibrant nightlife than Boston!! After all, where are all the parking spaces and highways to prevent traffic congestion!?