Remembering Mayor Menino
It is a sad day in Boston as news of the passing of the city’s longest serving mayor was announced this morning. Thomas Menino, surrounded by his family, died of cancer just a week after choosing to stop his treatments. The legacy he leaves behind will undoubtedly prove to be one of the most significant in Boston history. “The Urban Mechanic” will be especially remembered for supporting the transformation of entire neighborhoods, including Downtown.
Menino took over with Boston in the clutches of the crippling 1993 recession, but ever undaunted, spent 20 years lighting the fire of growth and renewal that eventually swept through the city, especially Downtown. Downtown has gone from gritty to glitzy, with a completely transformed skyline, not the least part of which is Millennium Tower Boston, a project Menino championed and fostered after the failure of the previous project on the DTX site.
In his last 6 months in office, Menino pushed through a number of other massive developments that will be the final stamp on his legacy of improvement and change. Read all about what he meant to Boston here.