Eighth in a series of profiles of Boston’s 12 mayoral candidates.
Robert Consalvo was rushing to a barbecue with supporters when he spotted graffiti on a bridge in Hyde Park.
“That was not there a day ago,” he said, quickly dialing the mayor’s hotline on his cellphone. “Graffiti you’ve got to call right in or else it breeds more graffiti.”
Consalvo’s keen eye reflected the kind of street-level concern that would have pleased another Italian-American from Hyde Park.
Like Mayor Thomas M. Menino, Consalvo, a district city councilor and mayoral candidate, is obsessed with sidewalks and crosswalks, revels in the minutiae of governing, and believes that a city leader should be ubiquitous, boasting, “No one does the neighborhood block parties and ribbon cuttings better than me.”
At 44, Consalvo is 26 years younger than the mayor; as a boy, he held signs for Menino when he ran for city councilor. Consalvo says if he is elected mayor, he will embrace the “urban mechanic” ethos that has defined Menino’s 20-year-tenure.
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