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Menino to help start urban institute at BU

5-year contract for retiring mayor

Mayor Thomas M. Menino will trade City Hall for the halls of academia at Boston University, where administrators hope to meld the mayor’s pragmatism as an “urban mechanic” with the scholarly muscle of a major university.

Menino has been hired to help launch a new Institute on Cities, where mayors and municipal managers from across the globe can share ideas as they tackle urban issues. The center might offer boot camps for city officials, act as a clearinghouse where municipalities could compare data, and serve as a think tank for urban problem solving.

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