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Mayor Menino’s exit stirs uncertainty among business leaders

Walmart executives have reason to cheer, while many neighborhood businesses take time to mourn. And at City Hall, that rustling sound is developers filing plans to get in on the last burst of building in the transformational tenure of Mayor Thomas M. Menino.

The mayor’s exit after two decades in office will have a profound impact on the local economy — and on business executives who over the years were defined as either an enemy of Menino or, more often, a friend. In a city where everyone in the business community knew where they stood, suddenly no one is quite sure what happens next.

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