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Metro Cities: Meet the 'night mayors' who keep their cities thriving after dark

As cities grow and night life includes busy dog parks alongside discos, many places are appointing so-called night mayors to survey the scene after dark.

As more and more people take up residence downtown, a new crop of so-called night mayors is making life after dark a priority.

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As more and more people take up residence downtown, a new crop of so-called night mayors is making life after dark a priority.

The rhythm of the night doesn’t always move city officials. But as more people live in downtowns, a new crop of so-called night mayors is making life after dark a priority.

Toronto mulled adding one last summer to deal with tension between nightclubs and residents. Last month, New York City's (day) mayor praised the city’s punk rock history while announcing the new Office of Nightlife with a yet-to-be-appointed leader.

Here’s what late-night leaders around the world are up to.

Mirik Milan, Amsterdam

Amsterdam Night Mayor Mirik Milan.

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Amsterdam Night Mayor Mirik Milan.

The original night mayor, appointed in 2014 Milan heads an independent foundation that works with city officials and oversees nightlife development. He’s secured 24-hour licenses for bars and clubs, and believes in nightlife as “an accelerator for urban development.”

Frederic Hocquard, Paris

Frederic Hocquard, the night mayor of Paris.

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Frederic Hocquard, the night mayor of Paris.

The nightlife delegate in the City of Lights works to reconcile different types of night activities and mitigate problems like binge drinking and noise pollution. Through the Paris Nightlife Council, he gathers various groups to work on common solutions.

Amy Lame, London

Comedian Amy Lame was appointed London's night czar in 2016.

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Comedian Amy Lame was appointed London's night czar in 2016.

A writer, broadcaster, comedian and LGBTQ rights advocate, Lame was appointed London’s first night czar in late 2016. She is working to improve nightlife safety for women and to re-open shuttered entertainment venues.

Bryant Tan, San Francisco

Bryant Tan, responsible for entertainment initiatives in San Francisco.

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Bryant Tan, responsible for entertainment initiatives in San Francisco.

The president of the city’s entertainment commission is promoting entertainment options in new developments, and specifically working to expand safe and accessible night entertainment activities for youth and young adults.

Allison Harnden, Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh's nighttime economy co-ordinator Allison Harnden.

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Pittsburgh's nighttime economy co-ordinator Allison Harnden.

As nighttime economy co-ordinator in a municipality with a large university population, Harnden is leading the charge to create what she calls a sociable city. She said her job is to keep the peace between business, officials and residents.

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