Boston last stood on the brink of sweeping change at City Hall in 1993, when “for sale” signs dotted tidy lawns in West Roxbury and front porches in Dorchester. Crime permeated many neighborhoods. Wounds lingered from decades of racial tumult.
That fall, voters in Boston did more than make Thomas M. Menino mayor. The electorate tapped seven new city councilors, establishing power dynamics that would shape the next two decades. It was a change election, marking a distinct moment in the life of an almost 400-year-old city — a time to rethink what the city should be.