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Can Boston get hip?

A group of activists and entrepreneurs are determined to make the city more appealing for young professionals. And they’re prepared to step on some toes in the process.

They are familiar issues that have been bandied about for decades: What can Boston do to stem its post-collegiate brain drain? Why won’t the city allow nightclubs to stay open later than 2 a.m.? Is there a way for the financially troubled T to continue operating past 12:30 a.m.?

Despite discussions, shoulder shrugs, and occasional attempts at change — remember the Night Owl bus service? — the questions still swirl. But seldom have they gotten so much attention or stirred as much controversy as they have recently thanks to the arrival of a new organization called the Future Boston Alliance.

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