Three candidates for mayor — Felix G. Arroyo, Martin F. Walsh, and Bill Walczak — discussed topics ranging from backyard chickens to housing prices Tuesday, as they debated ways to encourage college students to settle in Boston after they graduate.
In an hour-long debate sponsored by Boston.com that focused on Boston’s role as a college town, the candidates all said they wanted to make the city more welcoming to young people by encouraging more late-night dining, entertainment, and transit.
Walczak, a former health care executive, and Arroyo, a city councilor, both said they would loosen city rules to allow clubs to host more shows for people under 21.
Walsh, a state representative, said he would need to study the idea, but added that he was concerned that it is too difficult to host major events in Boston. He said the NHL needed 91 city permits to bring the 2010 Winter Classic hockey tournament to Fenway Park.
“I do think the city of Boston has to relax on some of its rules,” Walsh said.
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