Mayor’s Mark

Menino’s name is everywhere in Boston—because he put it there.


Photographs by Tina Rivosecchi

Mayor Thomas M. Menino welcomes you to the Back Bay. He welcomes you to Roxbury. He thanks you for throwing out your trash. He’s with you on your Hubway bike. Everywhere you look in Boston, there’s a sign onto which Menino’s tacked his name. But with his final term drawing to an end, we couldn’t help but wonder: Just how many soon-to-be-outdated Menino signs are out there?

We tried to find a master list somewhere, but a Menino spokesman told us it doesn’t exist. To get the numbers, we learned, we would have to go from department to department. So that’s what we did. We tracked down 1,182 signs in Boston with Hizzoner’s name (though we’re sure many more exist). And that doesn’t even include signs put up by the BRA or the schools, neither of which track their numbers. City officials say it’ll be up to Menino’s successor to decide whether to scrub his name from signs, which means the mayor may be hanging around for a while longer, at least in name.


Parks & Recreation Department › Roughly 200 signs bearing Menino’s name


Hubway › 720 bikes 


Department of Public Works › 180 big belly trash cans and 40 standard barrels

  • Raymond Camahort

    Thanks so much for this article, I thought I was the only one who noticed this. How much money is it going to cost to clear his name from everything I wonder!? The most egregious Menino name drop I ever saw was on the
    Boston Bruins banners during the Stanley Cup last year along light post
    downtown. I got so pissed I took a photo! I have attached a pic. Look
    closely at the small print on the bottom
    right of banner It Reads “Good Luck from Mayor Thomas M. Menino” like
    he paid for those banners himself or something. Saddam Hussein and Kim
    Jong Il put their name all over town too!!