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Mayor Walsh pushing to extend Boston's nightlife hours

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BOSTON (WHDH) - Mayor Marty Walsh is looking to create a “late night task force” that would help to reshape Boston’s nightlife and help bars and restaurants to stay open later.

"One of the things that I hear about Boston: We close too early. Our economy is changing," Mayor Walsh said in a press conference on Friday.

Walsh is looking to keep bars and restaurants open until possibly 3:30 a.m.

"One of the ideas that came up is possibly serving until 2:30 and allowing people to dance and enjoy themselves until later and stagger the release of the patrons out of the club," he added.

Reactions to the proposal have been mixed, with some seeing it as a boom for businesses and others not liking potentially rowdy crowds that it could attract.

“I think it's a good thing. The bars, it is tough enough now with the limitations,” said Shane Bartashevich.

“We live across street from a few bars and restaurants and I think that is late. People tend to get rowdy after hours,” said Lourdes Gasparoni.

These plans go along with proposals to keep the MBTA running later.

Nothing is set in stone and it could be several months before any changes are put into place.

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