Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Did Mayor Thomas Menino's speech hit the mark? Do you think the speech's tone signals his intent to run for another term?
Mayor Thomas Menino delivered an optimistic and ambitious state of the city address Tuesday night, offering broad outlines for improving schools, achieving py equity for women and workforce development through partnerships between MIT, Harvard University and city community centers. What did you think of the speech? Did the Mayor address your concerns? Do you think the themes presented offer a blueprint for the city's future, or was it too broad and general? And don't forget your crystal ball: Many political observers hoped Menino would give some sign about his future plans. Given the speech (which you can watch on the city website), do you think the mayor laid out his platform for another term, or was it his valedictory after 20 years in …
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Mayor Thomas Menino offered several broad outlines for the coming year.
An aggressive approach to school improvement and pay equity for Boston’s women were two pillars of Mayor Thomas Menino’s 2013 State of the City address. “Our progress is real, our future is bright. The state of our city is striking, sound and strong,” he said. Walking slowly with a cane and with a chair positioned behind his lectern, Menino told the assembled crowd his administration would push to convert more than 1 million square feet of city property into affordable housing for families. Menino was met by a thunderous and sustained ovation as Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger” played during his entrance and he tried, in vain, to start the speech on time. “You don’t want to hear my words of wisdom, do you?” joked Menino as the cheering …
The speech is expected to cover an 'aggressive agenda,' including a plan to sell tons of city property for middle-income housing.
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino will deliver his 20th “State of the City” address tonight, speaking to an anticipated crowd of around 800 people during the 7:30 p.m. event at Faneuil Hall. As part of the speech, Menino is expected to announce plans to sell more than 1 million sq. ft. of city-owned property for development of middle-income homes, the Boston Herald reported. Officials hope the housing plan, called the “Middle Income Housing Initiative,” will raise $550,000 annually in new property taxes, with the construction of between 200 and 300 single- and two-family homes. City-owned properties, including undeveloped land and areas containing abandoned homes, will be sold at lower prices as part of the plan, which is expected to roll out …
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino gave his annual State of the City address at Faneuil Hall on Jan. 17.
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino presented his 14th State of the City address at Boston’s historic Faneuil Hall yesteday. Menino said Boston has thrived, despite the political and economic divisions. He added that personal connections, relationships, and collaboration, will continue to propel the city forward in 2012. “We have increased our focus on people and strengthened the relationship between government and the residents we serve,” said Menino in his address. “We’ve refused to allow strained budgets to result in strained relationships.” Advancing education, economic development, job growth, public safety, community engagement and the health of our residents in fighting obesity, were topics Menino focused on. The national anthem was sung by…
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Mayor Menino declared the state of the city 'exceptionally strong and resilient.'
- Alix Roy
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
With a snowstorm on its way, Mayor Thomas M. Menino delivered his annual State of the City address at historic Faneuil Hall Tuesday night in front of a packed audience of residents and politicians including Governor Deval Patrick and U.S. Senator Scott Brown. In his speech, Menino emphasized the need for shared prosperity and recounted the progress of the last year, highlighting education reform and development growth while laying out an agenda to create jobs, reduce disparities in healthcare and education, and strengthen public safety. The Mayor also emphasized the need to cut costs amid challenging fiscal circumstances. “One year ago, I stood here and laid out an ambitious innovation agenda. By so many measures, given all that we’ve …