The news that Tom Menino wouldn't run for mayor again not only changed the city's political dynamics but got pundits to pondering his legacy after 20 years in office. Here''s a roundup of Menino-legacy roundups, from Jamaica Plain to New York to Toronto:
He's famous for being the urban mechanic, but he really presided over a pretty transformational period in the city's history.
The Atlantic Cities: Boston's Outgoing Mayor Spent 20 Years Putting His Name on Everything:
There Menino is again, on another set of trash bins on Congress Street, across from Faneuil Hall. "HEY KEEP IT CLEAN," these receptacles say. And it appears as if the ALL-CAPS command is coming straight from Menino himself in his raspy Boston accent.
The Globe has an entire section on Menino's legacy.
At the start of the Menino mayoral reign, most college freshmen today were not yet born; Boston's skyline was not as full as it is today, and the Seaport District was an underused waterfront -- not a thriving commercial neighborhood. Development has been the hallmark of Menino's five terms in office. New skyscrapers, public housing, expanded bike paths, environmentally friendly building codes, and greener mass transit have all been a part of the mayor's development agenda.
Boston Magazine: A Mayor in Full:
Farewell to the petty thin-skinned ruthless S.O.B.â€”who just may be the best mayor we've ever had.
Harvard Political Review: Tom Menino's Legacy and Boston's Future:
When Tom Menino completes his fifth and final term as mayor of Boston in January, he can rightfully take pride in the resurgence and promising future of Massachusetts' City Upon a Hill. As the longest-serving mayor in Boston's 383-year history, Menino has led Boston's successful effort to reinvent itself during his 20-year tenure with passionate focus across a wide range of issues. As the detail-oriented "Urban Mechanic," Menino's most laudable accomplishments include efforts to reduce crime, repair infrastructure, foster diversity, and promote economic growth.
Jamaica Plain Gazette: JP reflects on Menino's legacy.
East Boston Times-Free Press: Mayor Menino's Final Backyard BBQ A Testament to His True Legacy.
Boston Business Journal: He built this city (sort of):
How Tom Menino intentionally â€” and in some cases unintentionally â€” molded a world-class metropolis to his liking.
New York Times: In Boston, Mayor Builds a Legacy With Construction Cranes.
Socialist Worker: A new era for Boston?
City Journal: Just Tommy from Hyde Park:
Boston's Thomas Menino shows how to be a mayor for life.
Toronto Globe and Mail: Want solutions to Rob Ford malaise? Learn from south of the border:
Toronto has the civic energy, talent, and public consensus around good government to compete with places like New York and Boston in delivering innovative, effective public services. The missing ingredient is political leadership.
Comcast Sportsnet: Mayor Menino's guide to winning over sports fans:
It's not enough to support Boston's teams from the couch and podium. You must attend these games and show the constichinuts that you are one of them. You must stand among the crowd at Sullivan Stadium and proclaim: "That's another Patriots fifth down!" You must sing "Sweet Madeline" with the Fenway faithful. You must dance along with "Tino" when the Celtics are winning big. And with Kelvin Gannet and "The Truce" back in town for one more season, you know that many big wins are in the Celtics immediate future.