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Hundreds turn out for town hall meetings convened by Mayor-elect Martin J. Walsh

George Perry, Jeri Robinson, and John Barros led a town hall-style meeting on education at English High Tuesday.
George Perry, Jeri Robinson, and John Barros led a town hall-style meeting on education at English High Tuesday.Credit: Jim Davis/Globe STaff

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Mayor-elect Martin J. Walsh called the community to come and share ideas on education and economic development, and come they did.

Over two nights this week, more than 400 advocates and parents, business owners and investors, students and teachers, community organizers and union leaders filled seats at English High School’s auditorium.

These were the first in what will be a series of public hearings on everything from public health to transportation, including Saturday’s daylong town hall meeting in Roxbury.

One-by-one, people filed to a single microphone. Some came with complaints about a system they see as broken. But most came with concrete ideas to help the city realize the much bandied-about “New Boston.”

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