By Patrick Rosso, Town Correspondent
As news trickled out today that Mayor Thomas M. Menino would not seek a sixth term, several South Boston residents interviewed on Broadway expressed gratitude for the neighborhood improvements during his tenure but said a leadership change would be good for the city.
Dan Darling, a 45-year-old program coordinator, said Menino had done a lot for the city.
"The Seaport in 10 years has gone from land no one would visit to a thriving high-tech and travel area," Darling said as he waited for a bus.
"He has served his time well. He's been good to us, but it's time for change,'' said Jennifer Ledet, 39, who works in sales.
Steve Riggs, a radio engineer consultant, said he had voted for mayoral challenger Michael Flaherty in 2009 but acknowledged that his property values had risen under Menino.
"He's been a great mayor, but I think it's time for him to retire. ... Let's try someone new," Riggs, 50, said.
Phyllis Stavris, 84, retired, highlighted Menin's efforts to said Menino had done a lot to help senior citizens, including advocating for the the Senior Shuttle, which offers free door-to-door transportation for city residents 60 and older.
"The seniors will really miss him," Stavris said.
One legacy of Menino's tenure is that vast numbers of city residents have met him personally. They include Ledet, Riggs, and Stavris.