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With retirement of Mayor Thomas M. Menino, Boston faces change election for first time in 20 years

Boston-03/28/13 - Boston Mayor Thomas Menino announced at Faneuil Hall that he will not run for re-election. He wave goodbye after his speech on stage. Boston Globe staff photo by John Tlumacki (metro)
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino waved goodbye after announcing in April at Faneuil Hall that he will not seek re-election.John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

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Boston last stood on the brink of sweeping change at City Hall in 1993, when “for sale” signs dotted tidy lawns in West Roxbury and front porches in Dorchester. Crime permeated many neighborhoods. Wounds lingered from decades of racial tumult.

That fall, voters in Boston did more than make Thomas M. Menino mayor. The electorate tapped seven new city councilors. It was a change election — a time to rethink what the city should be.

With the special US Senate race complete, focus now shifts to City Hall, as Boston faces another change election.

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