In three US cities, three longtime mayors prepare exits. What legacies?

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Tom Whalen, College of General Studies

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“In terms of Boston, I guess you could say Mayor Menino was able to bring to fruition the dream … of making Boston a world-class city. It certainly has become that with the development of the Seaport District, [and] the continued growth of the medical, financial, and higher-education sectors of our local economy. The problem is, however, that a rising tide does not lift all boats when it comes to Boston. Middle-class families are being squeezed out by high rents and property values, and the gaps in income and quality education opportunities from those on top of the socioeconomic heap and those below them have widened considerably.”

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