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The Boston Globe


March 26, 2013

Mayor Menino spotlights Boston’s growth

He talks of city’s economic successes in speech to business, civic leaders

A determined and jovial Mayor Thomas M. Menino described Boston Monday as a city on the rise, with construction expected to triple this year, sky-high bond ratings, and more parents forsaking the suburbs to live downtown and choosing to send their children to city schools.

In a major speech before 500 business and civic leaders, the mayor announced that Wegmans Food Market will open its first Boston store, in the Landmark Center in the Fenway. Menino ­also unveiled plans to put 10,000 more tablet computers in the hands of public school students in the next two years. And he proposed creating 30,000 housing units by 2020 to meet the surging demand to live in the city.

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