As he announces he will not, in fact, be mayor for life, we thought we'd run down some of Tom Menino's choicest economic-development benchmarks as Boston's chief executive since 1993. It's important to remember that Menino was not a mere booster of development (though he was that); he often took an integral, personal part in the city's physicality. Like this anecdote from a January 2012 profile in Governing magazine:
Several years ago, the mayor was meeting in his conference room with a developer of a proposed 36-story skyscraper in the Back Bay neighborhood. Menino reportedly took one look at the design and dismissed it because he wasn't a fan of flat roofs. The developer later returned with a scale model of the building and a dozen different miniature tops. He kept placing the tops on the building until the mayor pointed to the one he liked. Conversation over. Project good to go. Rock on, Your Honor.
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