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The Boston Globe


Jennifer Graham

A generation gap at City Hall

Boston’s little sister is Charleston, S.C. Both have an affinity for old things: historic churches, cobblestone streets, mayors who cling to office like barnacles in their salty old harbors.

Between them, Thomas Menino and Joseph Riley have spent 57 years in office. Charleston voters elected Riley to his 10th term in 2011. He’s a spry 68. Menino, if he runs again, will seek a sixth term at 70, even as he battles Type 2 diabetes. Not that it matters — FDR taught us that physical indignities need not impair the ability to govern.

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