Boston Says Goodbye to Mayor Menino

Monday’s funeral procession for former mayor Tom Menino is underway and will pass by several of the late mayor’s favorite places, along with locations closely tied to his legacy.

The procession will pass by several locations, including:

Boston City Hall: Menino worked in this building for more than 30 years.

Menino in front of City Hall —Wendy Maeda/Globe staff

Parkman House: A Greek revival mansion in Beacon Hill, the Parkman House is where Menino lived hosted events and kept a residence. It is a city owned mansion that is much larger than his Readville home. Menino used it to host events and to recover after some of his hospital stays.

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Boston University/Kenmore Square: Joining the Boston University faculty at the beginning of 2014, Menino served as co-director for the Initiative on Cities. The Initiative on Cities seeks “to promote and advance the adaptive urban leadership strategies necessary to support cities as dynamic centers of economic growth and development in the 21st century.’’

Fenway Park: Menino had Red Sox season tickets for over 30 years. During his time as mayor all four of Boston’s major professional sports teams won titles. (He even had a Louisville Slugger baseball bat cane.)

Menino with his baseball cane. —Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff

Dudley Square: Due to Menino’s desire to improve all Boston neighborhoods, the former Ferdinand Building in Dudley Square will open as a multiservice center in a few weeks. WBUR said there may be no other neighborhood that “best represents Mayor Thomas Menino’s vision as the ‘Urban Mechanic’ than Roxbury’s Dudley Square.’’

Grove Hall: Keeping up his mayoral promise, Menino brought a supermarket to the Grove Hall Mecca. In a 2009 speech, Menino said: “You promise the people of Grove Hall a supermarket and shopping mall and you deliver.’’

Franklin Park: A proponent of Boston’s golf courses, Menino took great care in improving the Emerald Necklace while he was Mayor. The Boston Globe said, “Menino steered considerable attention and capital to Olmsted’s Emerald Necklace Park System to preserve its beauty and make it a vibrant centerpiece of public life.’’

O’Bryant High School football game in Franklin Park. —Evan Richman/Globe staff
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Bowdoin and Geneva: It was an annual Menino tradition to walk around this neighborhood and pass out toys on Christmas Eve to children at St. Peter’s Teen Center. He visited the neighborhood in mid-May and was awarded a bench in his honor outside of the center.

Mattapan Library: Menino visited this library at the time of its opening in 2009, which he called “very impressive,’’ according to the Dorchester Reporter.

Roslindale Square: Back in the 1980s when Menino was District 5 city councilor, he helped to create Roslindale Village Main Street (RVMS), one of the first Main Street Programs in the country. Main Streets, designated by the National Main Street Center, works toward revitalizing town’s main streets. In 2011, Roslindale was on Boston Magazine’s list of “Best Places to Live.’’

Most Precious Blood Church: The last spot of the procession is where Menino performed two sacraments – baptism and marriage – and also served as an altar boy. It is his family’s parish and a service will be held here where current Mayor Marty Walsh and Governor Deval Patrick are expected to speak.

Here’s the full turn-by-turn route, as provided by tommenino.org. The site also has a wonderful breakdown of why each location was important to Menino.

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