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    Mayor Menino leaving ‘the job I love’

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    The shape of the city
    Boston looks the same from this distance, but many things have changed in the Menino era. Scroll down to explore deeper how the Hub has changed its face (and more than that) during the last 20 years.
    Google Earth | Feb. 4 1995 - June 21, 2011
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    South Boston Waterfront
    In the past decade, South Boston has evolved more than most Boston neighborhoods, becoming one of the trendiest places to live and attracting new businesses and development. Menino vowed to spark development in this new Innovation District in South Boston.

    Britta Hiester, a Southie resident, said that "We've seen this whole area transform. We used to walk along the harbor when it was just parking lots."
    Google Earth | Feb. 4 1995 - 2013
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    The Big Dig
    Click on the icons to see photographs of the different areas of the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway.
    Google Earth | Feb. 4 1995 - Dec. 30, 2010
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    Dudley Square
    Dudley Square has experienced a big transformation over the last few years, thanks to different planning initiatives in the Roxbury neighborhood. The Dudley Square Vision Project was launched on June 9, 2007, and is comprised of three key elements: Real estate development through the creation of two new state-of-the-art municipal buildings as well as renovations in another; development to enhance and build upon the strengths of this thriving commercial district; and community engagement.
    Google Earth | Feb. 4 1995 - Dec. 30, 2010
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    Thomas M. Menino
    As the city changed, so did Menino. In the photograph on the left, Globe photographer Suzanne Kreiter captured the City Council president-turned-acting mayor in July 1993. On the right, Kreiter captured the mayor in the Parkman House, the city-owned mansion where he stayed after he left the hospital after an eight-week stay for a variety of ailments.
    Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff

    Sources: Boston Redevelopment Authority, Boston Globe Archives, Google Earth, Goolgle Maps, The Boston Atlas

    Chiqui Esteban/Globe Staff