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Opinion

Lawrence Harmon

The urban mechanic: What are the nuts and bolts of Menino’s legacy?

A five-step program to achieve mayoral success

Now that Mayor Menino has put the kibosh on a sixth term, the mayoral field is about to resemble a crowd scene from the old science fiction movie “Metropolis.’’ These hopefuls would have to be asleep to miss Menino’s well-known formula for success: Stay alert to the needs of the city, large and small. Yet other strategies behind Menino’s amazing 20-year run aren’t so obvious. Adopting them won’t guarantee five successful terms in office. But ignoring them practically guarantees failure in the first or second term.

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