Then and Now: Menino’s Boston

Have you blocked out what the city looked like 20 years ago? Peter Vanderwarker’s photos recall Boston before the Big Dig.

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By the Numbers

How has Boston changed since Menino first took office? Let us count the ways. —By Loren Savini

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Racial Composition: From 2010 U.S. Census. Participants in the census were permitted to select more than one identifying race, therefore the percentages add up to more than 100 percent. Violent-Crime Rate: Crimes committed per 100,000 people.



Office Space: Supplied by Colliers International, these numbers reflect only major commercial space, and do not include institutions, nonprofits, and small businesses. Convention Space: Reflects only square footage in Boston owned by the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority.

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For more of our look back at Mayor Menino’s time in office, check out “A Mayor in Full.”

  • Suzy Peabody

    there’s a part of me that misses it; I loved zooming through and above the city. and it was gritty. and badass.

    • LindengoneSalem

      Before when you were stuck in traffic you had a great view of the Harbor. Now all you can see is the car in front of you and grimy tile walls. Progress I tell ya!