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Letters | Thank you, Mr. Mayor

He saw city’s ills up close, and saw how Menino responded

When I watched Mayor Menino’s announcement that he would not seek reelection, I thought back to the city of violence and racial tension that I saw when I was a caseworker in Roxbury, Columbia Point, and the Combat Zone from 1972 to ’74. I remember, as a new homeowner in the South End, running down the middle of the street in 1979 so that I would not get jumped. And I sure remember the gang violence of the 1990s when I was head of the social service agency COMPASS and we buried 24 students. I also remember Tom Menino coming to COMPASS when he was a city councilor and then again as mayor (it is no surprise that 49 percent of Bostonians have met him).

Did he cure all the ills of the city? Well, I know this: Our great city is much better for his 20 years of service. From one who saw it up close, we are much better.

I think of his best moves — making Paul Evans police commissioner (great community policing), his commitment to the neighborhoods, his inclusiveness, his commitment to decreasing violence, and his work to end homelessness.

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Thanks, Tom, and thank you, Angela, for sharing him with us.

David Manzo

Boston