Mem­bers of a spe­cial task force charged with fig­uring out which neigh­bor­hoods would best serve Boston res­i­dents and vis­i­tors by allowing later ser­vice hours at restau­rants, bars, and even gyms have been scouring Twitter and using heat maps to col­lect data for their project.

We have been having dis­cus­sions about demands, and looking at dif­ferent heat survey maps that show where people are at 2 a.m.,” said Meg Mainzer-​​Cohen, pres­i­dent and exec­u­tive director of the Back Bay Association.

Mainzer-​​Cohen was one of 24 people hand-​​picked by Mayor Marty Walsh to be part of the Late-​​Night Task Force that was announced in March.

She said the group, which has met twice, has been relying on pre­sen­ta­tions by Har­vard Kennedy School stu­dents that use social media posts like tweets to show them where the most pop­ular spots are after-​​hours. Stu­dent from the Kennedy School, who have ana­lyzed how other cities have approached expanded late night activ­i­ties, sur­veyed young people, mapped liquor license and crime sta­tis­tics, looked at where Boston’s street lights are and where young adults live to help fur­ther the con­ver­sa­tion, according to Walsh’s office.

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