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Wu appoints Boston's first director of nightlife economy

In comparison to other big cities like New York and Miami, some critics have called Boston "the city that always sleeps."

It's the job of the city's new director for nightlife economy to push that bedtime back a bit further.

Mayor Michelle Wu announced Wednesday she's tapping Corean Reynolds to serve that role, arguing that a vibrant nightlife is key to a healthy economy.

Reynolds was most recently the director for economic inclusion at the Boston Foundation.

"There needs to be more than bars," Reynolds said at her introductory press conference. "I love that the city prides itself on its sports and its pubs, but what else do we have to offer?"

Reynolds said she wants to support more events like the popular new Little Saigon night market in Dorchester.

She also highlighted the problem that most of the MBTA stops running around 1 a.m. The T cancelled a late-night service pilot program in 2016.

The city plans to start its nightlife revitalization with a focus on downtown.


Walter Wuthmann General Assignment Reporter
Walter Wuthmann is a general assignment reporter for WBUR.



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