From the trivial to the seismic, Boston has changed a lot during Tom Menino’s 20-year watch as mayor. Scrod is no longer the staple of local restaurant menus. Department stores are no longer the main pillars of Boston’s business community.
The city feels less parochial. Thanks to the Big Dig and Menino’s development strategy, Boston’s heart is shifting towards the waterfront. New enterprises are replacing the old. A new real estate market is opening up for hip newcomers who prefer to live and work in the city. It’s a dramatic transformation, and Menino can take credit for coaxing it along, in good times and bad.