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Opinion

Derrick Z. Jackson

An unexpected inspiration

Crab cakes, a pleasant waterfront district, and a Super Bowl title aside, few Bostonians probably want their city to be like Baltimore. Boston’s murder rate is much lower than Baltimore’s, our innovation industry is enviable, and our efforts to turn around public schools, however faulty and incomplete, are much farther along than those of most cities our size.

But the compass of Boston’s mayoral candidate Marty Walsh is curiously pointed south. At a forum on Thursday, Walsh was asked, “Which mayor would you call up to say I want to run my city the way you run your city?”

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