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Opinion

PAUL MCMORROW

Boston City Hall should be torn down

Boston City Hall was an atrocious waste of space when it first rose above the grave of Scollay Square in the 1960s. It’s been that way during all of Mayor Tom Menino’s 20 years in office, and the building won’t be any kinder to the person who replaces him in January. The seat of city government is the worst building in the city, and it’s dragging down the downtown neighborhood surrounding it. Boston’s next mayor should walk into City Hall with one thought in mind: tearing the building down.

Representative Marty Walsh, one of the dozen mayoral hopefuls, reignited the debate over City Hall’s future last week when he proposed leveling the massive concrete structure and selling it for private redevelopment. Several of Walsh’s mayoral rivals publicly ripped the plan, and Menino dismissed it as a “silly season” campaign gambit. “That’s an old issue,” Menino told the State House News Service. “I had it many years ago, got criticized for it.”

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