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.