Thomas Menino - Wikipedia
Thomas Michael Menino (December 27, – October 30, ) was an American politician . Menino was also known for focusing on neighborhood development in Boston, organizing services by . Tom Menino met Angela Faletra in when the two were playing tennis in Roslindale on adjacent courts. The two were. Jan 3, Thomas Menino, in a file photo (Jesse Costa/WBUR) Six years later, at a Park League Baseball game at Kelly Field, he met a city council candidate A WGBH television documentary found Menino waging his first spike in violent crime in neighborhoods like Four Corners in Dorchester. Mar 29, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino was met with multiple standing ovations on from Hyde Park, the neighborhood in which he was born and raised. Of the 27 people WGBH reporter Anne Mostue spoke with yesterday, only.
The case raised the question of favoritism and cronyism in the city's zoning and licensing practices. The Menino administration had used hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Mary P. Cummings care and maintenance trust fund, substantially depleting the fund, to pay for legal services working toward breaking the trust and to hire a real estate agency to prepare an extensive plan on how to develop the public parkland as either commercial or residential real estate.
The issue was seen as another case of misuse of public office to reward a political ally. Inthe Boston Globe printed an article alleging dirty tricks against political opponents and their supporters in Menino's mayoral campaign race.
According to the article, the Menino campaign sent out a campaign memo containing the name of at least one small-business owner who supported Flaherty. InFlaherty alleged that his former running mate Sam Yoon had to leave Boston after running against Menino because the mayor's allies made it difficult for Yoon to find a job locally. Menino later commented that "I sympathize with their issues, some of those issues we really have to look at in America, but when it comes to civil disobedience I will not tolerate civil disobedience in the city of Boston.
Menino urged the company to "back out of your plans to locate in Boston" because of Cathy's stance on gay marriage. Gay rights supporters applauded the mayor's support of gay marriage rights, but 1st-amendment advocates decried the potential for abuse of office to infringe on free speech rights.
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He maintained, however, that they were not welcome in the city. As a co-founder and co-director of the IOC, Mayor Menino helped develop the office's mission to bridge the gap between the academic study of cities and the real-world pracitce of urban governance.
This was accomplished by hosting conferences,    seminars, and a speaker series; by providing research funding to BU faculty and students; and by providing fellowship opportunities for students interested in local government. Under Mayor Menino, the IOC also created its flagship research project, the recently rededicated Menino Survey of Mayors,  the only nationally representative survey of American mayors.
Over the next two decades, no one would ever come close to beating him. The new mayor inherited a city just pulling out of a sharp recession — just rebounding from the aftershocks of the racially charged busing crisis of the s and the white flight that followed.
One of the first problems he confronted was an uncertain future for Boston City Hospital, a public institution that served the poor. Those fears would eventually wither away. A glass and brick entryway to the hospital now pays homage to his accomplishment: The new mayor also faced a troubling spike in violent crime in neighborhoods like Four Corners in Dorchester.
Eugene Rivers, who was a central figure in the fight against gang violence at the time. The violence came down sharply in the mids. Part of it was a natural decline from the high murder rates of the early part of the decade.
But criminologists say heightened cooperation among ministers like Rivers, city government and law enforcement contributed to the "Boston miracle" — a month stretch when not a single minor was killed by a gun or a knife. Rivers gives Menino credit for curbing the violence — murder is down 60 percent since he took office — and, more broadly, for leading Boston to greater safety and prosperity. And the city's black and Latino neighborhoods have rewarded the mayor handsomely over the years with strong electoral support.
If he failed, he told the audience, "then judge me harshly.
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But the achievement gap separating white students from their black and Latino peers remains stubbornly wide. Education reform advocates like Paul Grogan, president of the Boston Foundation, say Menino moved too slowly to embrace systemic reform — to challenge the teachers union, wrap his arms around charter schools and push more power to principals.
And that really hasn't occurred. But he suggests there are limits to what an urban school district can do.
Mechanics When Menino first ran for city council inhe campaigned on turning around an area then known as Roslindale Square. It was not the most welcoming place back then.
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Grates came down at night. Street lights coated the area in an orange haze. Menino's idea was to bring in the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Main Streets program, then focused on revitalizing commercial districts in small towns.
Roslindale Square would get the first urban Main Streets program in the nation. And over time, city government, Main Streets and Boston's growing economy turned the place around.
There was an overhaul of the municipal parking lot and a farmer's market. Grants for new storefronts, arty signage and a whimsical sculpture. Now, Roslindale Village boasts a high-end cheese shop and a bistro serving up salmon with an apricot candied jalapeno crust. Just down the street: Charlie McCarthy, co-owner of the spa, says the mayor has seen to daily cleaning and speedy graffiti removal. The turnaround has come at a cost: But the urban mechanic, making full use of his lengthy tenure, slowly turned a drab square into an upscale village.
Downtown The flashier development has come downtown. After years of delays at the site of the old Filene's department store at Downtown Crossing — delays that left an embarrassing hole in the ground — a foot tower is rising.
And an entire district — the Innovation District — is going up on the South Boston waterfront. Bruce Katz, co-author of "The Metropolitan Revolution," says most innovation districts grow up around hubs like a university or medical campus.
Here, it was different: And the mayor, he says, gets credit for relentlessly marketing the idea in the face of skepticism. Critics say he's favored certain developers and exercised too much control.
Menino poked fun at himself a few years ago when he struck a Godfather-like pose in a video spoof, stroking a cat while talking to a developer. But critics say his tightly controlled approach to development has had real consequences: And observers say the mayor gets only partial credit for Boston's building boom. The last 20 years have a seen a broad revival of the American city, after all, with business and the larger culture placing new value on the density and creativity of urban spaces.