Boston’s transformative mayor dies at 71

Thomas Menino shaped the city’s skyline — and its very identity — through an unprecedented five consecutive terms. He was 71.

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Remembering Thomas M. Menino

In memoriam, Thomas Menino

1942 - 2014

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KEVIN CULLEN

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/10/28/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/cullen-8407.jpg Menino had empathy for the fringe

Neighbors talked about him like he was one of the few people with real power who really cared about them.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/10/30/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/meninodorchester.jpg In Bowdoin-Geneva, personal memories of Menino

Menino made the embattled Dorchester neighborhood a passion during his 20 years in office.

opinion | Michael R. Bloomberg

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He was a regular guy — someone who connected easily with people — and had a great sense of humor.

The Big Picture

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/10/29/BostonGlobe.com/Special/Images/meninoslider--90x90.jpg Photos: Menino through the years

Menino helped turn Boston into a hub of 21st-century innovation.

Yvonne Abraham

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/10/30/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/abrahamy-8525.jpg Tom Menino was a master of the heart

His greatness was in the follow-through after critical moments.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/10/30/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/131030obama0192-001[1]--90x90.jpg President Obama, Mayor Walsh and others remember Menino

Comments and reaction from those who were close with the former mayor.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/10/30/BostonGlobe.com/National/Images/obama150-1294.jpg Menino embodied ‘the city he loved’

President Obama and Thomas Menino, vastly different politicians, shared the political gene of empathy.

JOAN VENNOCHI

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/10/30/BostonGlobe.com/EditorialOpinion/Images/Joan_Vennochi_150px-1085.jpg Tom Menino, the tough — and beloved — mayor

Unlike others, Menino was humble enough to understand that power lies with the office, not the person.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/10/30/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/hall150-8540.jpg Tears and shock around Boston City Hall

City workers nursed welling eyes and solemn faces as they struggled to come to terms with the passing of Menino.

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