Loosen Up, Boston?

A Building a Better Commonwealth Forum

DATE: Thursday, May 10, 2012
VENUE: Boston Public Library
5:30 – 8:00P

 

5:30 – 6:00P REGISTRATION
6:00 – 7:15P CONVERSATION
7:15 – 8:00P NETWORKING RECEPTION

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.

PANELISTS

Larry Harmon
Columnist
The Boston Globe
@GlobeOpinion

Malia Lazu
Eexecutive 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

Joshua Robin
Director of Innovation
Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
(@Joshuarobin)

Bill Richardson
President
Fenway Civic Association

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