In their second televised debate, on WGBH, mayoral hopefuls John Connolly and Marty Walsh staked out different positions on the question of how long people should be allowed to save curbside parking spaces after major snowstorms.
Connolly said he would limit residents to just 24 hours - compared to the 48 hours allowed by Tom Menino. Walsh, however, said he would be more flexible - the amount of time would depend on how severe the storm was.
On most other issues, the two expressed similar views. Both called for later T hours, stronger gun laws and more support for the arts. Both said they would have opposed a land-swap deal with the Red Sox - unless the Sox ponied up more money - and said that if school-bus drivers go on strike again, that would be a good reason to fire them. Both said the city needs to do more to address income and social inequities, both opposed the idea of levying taxes on suburbanites who work in the city, both said reducing parking requirements for new development would make sense in parts of the city, such as downtown. Both said there's no way they would close firehouses without a strong recommendation from an independent consultant and that they'll trust East Boston to make the right decision on the casino, whatever it is.
Where they did differ were things we mostly already knew: Connolly accused Walsh of being a union coddler who couldn't look out for the best interests of taxpayers; Walsh retorted Connolly was more of a lawyer than he was a teacher and that he was so inflexible he'd force the city into even more rounds of expensive arbitration than it already goes through.
They also differed on whether Menino has done a good job with schools. Walsh said yes. Connolly said the fact that Menino hasn't done a good job with schools is what got him in the race - back when it looked like he would be running against the mayor.