Except when City Hall is hiring, mayors don’t create jobs. But they can create the conditions that allow local economies to flourish — or they can burden business to such an extent that seasoned executives and young entrepreneurs alike shy away.
Most of the 12 candidates running to be Boston’s next mayor seem to understand the power they hope to have. By my count, eight of them focus directly on economic growth. District Attorney Dan Conley, with a plan he calls “Better Jobs Now,” has the most detailed proposal out there. At the other extreme are those such as City Councilor Felix Arroyo whose platitude that “all jobs in Boston are good jobs” doesn’t show much thinking as to what that means or how to get there.