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Letting go is hard for Menino as memories pour in

Everywhere he looks, through the window of his City Hall office or his ubiquitous SUV, Mayor Thomas Michael Menino sees the imprint of his 20-year mayoralty. He leaves with many points of pride and precious few regrets. He did it his way.

The silhouette is etched on the fifth-floor window. It traces a solitary figure, hunched slightly at the head of a 10-foot-long mahogany table bracketed by seven empty chairs.

The man is usually hidden by the tinted floor-to-ceiling windows. But in winter, evening comes early. The bright interior lights offer a glimpse from the sidewalk into City Hall’s corner office.

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