No matter who succeeds Mayor Tom Menino, it’s going to feel like a revolution.
After a while, a city tends to mold itself around a mayor’s personality. For good and ill, Boston has been reshaped around Menino’s. And this has had profound effects because his has been the most personal of tenures. That has been his immense strength among the many residents who have met him, and rightly love him. And it has been his weakness when it comes to the big picture.
His exit will usher in huge changes, simply because the man who, for a generation, has put his deep imprint on almost everything that happens in this city will have lifted his heavy hand.
Count me among those who consider that an exciting prospect.
Any mayor’s departure opens the door to fresh air, and fresh ideas, resetting the municipal pecking order, making it more possible for merit to trump proximity.
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