Highlights from Menino’s terms

Italics denotes election year

1993: Wins first mayoral term.

1994: In his first full term, Mayor Thomas M. Menino promises to remake Blue Hill Avenue into a vibrant stretch.

1995: Menino offers residents up to $1,000 to use toward closing costs to get them to buy homes in the city.


1996: Menino privatizes Boston City Hospital by merging it with BU Medical Center to create Boston Medical Center. Menino says “judge me harshly” on education overhaul as only 1 in 4 high school students pass statewide math exams. (Today, 86 percent pass on the first attempt.)

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1997: The Frog Pond opens on Boston Common as part of a string of improvements to the park. Menino opens a new $70 million Boston Police Headquarters in Roxbury. Menino runs unopposed for a second term.

1999: The Grove Hall Mecca Mall shopping center opens with assistance from Menino.

2000: Millennium Park in West Roxbury opens. The 98-acre park was built over a former landfill.

2001: Menino wins third term.


2002: Menino promises to build a small high-tech high school, funded by a grant from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Referring to the city’s myriad development projects, Menino vows to protect the city from “Manhattanization.” Christopher Columbus Park in the North End undergoes a $3.8 million reconstruction.

2003: The city is in recession; money for new initiatives is stalled. Menino appeals to union leaders, Beacon Hill, and Washington for help as he steers Boston through a fiscal crisis unprecedented so far in his administration.

2004: Boston hosts the Democratic National Convention. Boston police begin monitoring strategically placed cameras to aid in investigations.

2005: The city makes a $6 million, four-year capital investment to renovate the historic Strand Theatre in Dorchester’s Uphams Corner. Menino wins a fourth term.

2006: Menino announces plans to sell City Hall and City Hall Plaza to developers and relocate city government to the South Boston waterfront. Menino proposes what would be the city’s tallest building, a 1,000-foot structure in the Financial District. Initial enthusiasm falters and the skyscraper is never built. Spectacle Island, a former landfill in Boston Harbor, opens.


2007 Camp Harbor View, which served roughly 800 children in 2013, is built. Menino launches Boston Bikes with the goal of transforming Boston into a world-class cycling city. At the time, Boston had been rated the worst cycling city in the country by Bicycling magazine.

2008: With Martin Luther King III at his side, Menino tells Twelfth Baptist Church in Roxbury, “We will build a statue for Dr. King and Coretta right here in our city.” The statue is never built; Menino cites the recession. Tens of thousands turn out to mark the inauguration of the Rose Kennedy Greenway.

2009: The Grove Hall branch and the Mattapan branch of the Boston Public Library are completed. Menino wins a record fifth term.

2011: The Salvation Army builds the massive recreation Kroc Center on a 6-acre patch in one of Dorchester’s poorest sections. The Tiffany Moore Tot Lot, a playground named for a 12-year-old killed by stray bullets, opens in Roxbury. The farmers’ market program expands to every neighborhood in Boston. (Today, there are 28 farmers markets in the city.)

2012: The Millennium Tower and Burnham Building project at the former Filene’s building site are approved for development, breaking a five-year delay to redevelop the property.

2013: Menino, who had become ill and was hospitalized, announces he is not seeking a sixth term. The city reels after a pair of bombings at the Boston Marathon; Menino leaves the hospital to attend a service with President Obama to reassure the public.

Meghan E. Irons can be reached at meghan.irons@globe.com.