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Decision day in historic Boston mayoral battle

Walsh, Connolly make final push on eve of election; Menino underscores change for city

It was just a ribbon-cutting for a playground, the kind of ceremony that happens so often under Mayor Thomas M. Menino that it usually passes without notice. But on Monday, the mayor choked back tears as he marked not only the beginning of a new public space, but the end of an era.

The election Tuesday will usher into power Councilor at Large John R. Connolly or state Representative Martin J. Walsh, both of whom have subtly promised a break from Menino’s rule, by emphasizing a more participatory style of governance or a bolder policy vision.

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