'Boring As Hell'
October 26, 2009
BOSTON -- Mayor Tom Menino looks around the elevator and reaches instinctively for the hand of the only person in the car he's never met. "Where are you from?" he asks the young man. "Somerville," the young man replies. The mayor almost recoils. "Somerville!" he exclaims with a dismissive wave--there are no votes for him in Somerville--and then says a word that sounds like: "Echhh!" It was a revealing moment for a mayor destined to go down as an American political legend. If Menino is re-elected on Nov.
Boston's Mayor for Life
September 23, 2009
It's hard to see how Tom Menino won't secure a history-making fifth term as Boston's mayor after yesterday's preliminary election--held to narrow the four candidate field down to two--in which he won a resounding 50.5 percent of the vote.
Is Seattle All That?
July 21, 2009
In my story on the Boston mayoral race, I mentioned that Sam Yoon--one of the candidates trying to unseat the four-term incubment Tom Menino--talks about Seattle as a sort of urban planning nirvana. When I asked him if there was any city Boston might model itself after, he replied in almost dreamy voice: "I think about Seattle." But people in Seattle don't seem as high on their city as Yoon. The blog Seattlest goes through all the ways in which Seattle's city planning isn't so enlightened: Seattle as a model for Boston's urban policy? Lordy, Lordy.
July 15, 2009
In May, The Boston Globe conducted a poll to find out what Bostonians think of their city's mayor, Tom Menino. Most of the questions were common to public-opinion surveys about elected officials: Do you approve or disapprove of the way he is doing his job? Do you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of him?