Longtime Boston Mayor Menino reflects, looks ahead

By By AMY CRAWFORD

BOSTON (AP) — When Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino (meh-NEE'-noh) steps down after 20 years, it will feel like the end of an era for many of his constituents, many of whom aren't old enough to remember anyone else at City Hall.

Menino announced earlier this year that he wouldn't seek a sixth term, saying he couldn't keep up his schedule after a series of health problems. Democrat Marty Walsh takes over on Jan. 6.

Menino says he's looking forward to helping Boston University launch its new Institute on Cities, a job that begins in February. Meanwhile, his official schedule is still stuffed with meetings and public events.

He says he's proud of the work he's done on crime and economic development but inequality remains an issue. That's something he hopes to continue working on.

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