Three decades ago, a young union laborer named Marty Walsh worked for Don Chiofaro, helping to build the city’s biggest office complex, International Place.
Walsh was just a kid back then, moving cinder blocks. Now as mayor, he’s everyone’s boss, and the fate of Chiofaro’s most ambitious project since International Place is in his hands.
Recently, the Walsh administration said it’s not afraid of heights on the waterfront, opening the door for Chiofaro and others to propose the tall buildings that Tom Menino loathed. The brash developer had famously clashed with our old mayor over the future of the Harbor Garage, once calling the city development process a “charade.”
It was, for a few years, the best soap opera not on TV.
Today, that Don Chiofaro is unrecognizable. While he waged war with Menino, Chiofaro seems to have found peace with Walsh, reaching out on the campaign trail and again once he took office. The two have met a number of times over different issues, from job creation to Walsh’s charitable initiatives.
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