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.

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!