What Was Menino’s Impact in the South End?

Mayor Menino

Mayor Menino announced on Thursday that he would not seek re-election this year, ending his 20 year career as the longest-serving mayor of Boston. 

He said in his farewell speech that the individual neighborhoods of Boston served as his focus over the last two decades, measuring his progress by growth in the neighborhoods and by meeting residents.

“Being in the neighborhoods gives me energy,” he said on Thursday in his speech. “Being with our residnets builds our trust. It may not be the only way to lead Boston, but it’s the only way for me.”

What do you think were Menino’s greatest contributions to the South End neighborhood? How should he be remembered here? Tell us in the comments. 

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