While Boston mayoral candidates John Connolly and Martin Walsh probe for passageways into the fifth-floor offices in City Hall, the current occupant — Mayor Thomas M. Menino — is carrying out his exit strategy. Menino has never been described as technologically adept. But he and his top aides have hit upon an innovative parting gift: From now until Jan. 6, when the mayor leaves office, he and key members of his administration will update a lively blog — next.cityofboston.gov — designed to ensure a smooth transition for the next mayor.
The transition blog offers easy access to successful operational plans, policy briefs, and behind-the-scenes looks at lesser-known functions and functionaries at City Hall, such as the advance team that scopes out venues before the mayor’s arrival. It’s a huge upgrade from the booklets filled with warmed-over budget information and department head memos that many mayors bequeath to their successors. Menino isn’t backing Connolly or Walsh. But he will leave one of them with what should be the best practical guide to municipal government in the country.