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Opinion

Derrick Z. Jackson

Boston’s voters must look for vision

The Urban Mechanic is closing his tool kit. Leaving office with 73 percent of Bostonians thinking the city is heading in the right direction, most people agree that outgoing Mayor Tom Menino put many elements in place for Boston to be one of the world’s greatest cities.

For that leap into greatness, the city now needs an urban weaver to knit and braid Boston into complete cloth. It needs a mayor that can collaborate with the bordering suburbs, particularly high-tech Cambridge. It needs a mayor with a microscopic eye for potholes and crime and a telescopic lens into the future role of education, industry, and transportation.

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