We were all saddened to learn of Mayor Menino’s passing. The man who fought for Boston for 20 years succumbed to his battle with cancer.
“This Ink Block site has reinvented itself many times throughout Boston’s history.”
— Mayor Menino, at the South End’s Ink Block groundbreaking ceremony
During his term, over 12 million square feet of real estate were developed in Boston, and right to the end of his administration he was dedicated to improving our city.
In the months after announcing he would not be running for reelection, Menino, dubbed The Urban Mechanic, took part in the groundbreaking of both Ink Block and Millenium Towers.
Perhaps his biggest achievement was the complete transformation of the South Boston Waterfront. When Tom Menino first stepped into office, development in that area was virtually nonexistent. But Menino saw huge potential.
“These 1,000 acres are among the most prized real estate in the East Coast, and we intend to put them to good use.” Menino did just that, setting into motion plans that would transform some parking lots and a couple of buildings into an ever-growing hub of creativity and innovation.
Here in the South End, his influence can be seen most clearly on Washington Street. Before Menino’s administration, the Paramount Theatre, Modern Theatre, and Boston Opera House — historic buildings dating as far back as 1876 — had fallen into complete disrepair.
The forward-thinking mayor helped turn that around, and now these establishments, once listed on The 11 Most Endangered Historic Places in the Country, are thriving.
Mayor Menino was also a strong supporter of the LGBT community, and vice versa. The mayor did not take kindly to organizations who discriminated against the gay community.
From boycotting the St Patrick’s Day Parade to threatening to block Chick-fil-a from building franchises in Boston, Menino was not afraid to make waves in his fight for civil rights.
Menino was the original “Boston Strong”. Saying that he will be missed would be a gross understatement.
Landmarks new and old throughout our city ensure that his legacy will never be forgotten.