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Analysis

Walsh signals new way of doing business

For two decades, it was the city’s most apt synonym for political power, a one-word summation of autonomy within the municipal boundaries and, sometimes, beyond them.

But on Monday, in an inaugural address that ran nearly 3,000 words, Mayor Martin J. Walsh uttered the word “Menino” only three times, and did not mention his predecessor personally until more than three quarters of the way through. When he did, it was in brief tribute.

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