A Partial Breakdown of Which Signs Now Bear Mayor Marty Walsh’s Name

The list is growing, but here’s a sample of the changes already made.

Photo by Steve Annear

Photo by Steve Annear

On Monday we revealed that Mayor Marty Walsh’s administration has slowly been replacing some of those oval neighborhood signs that sit on the outskirts of each section of Boston to reflect the current leadership overseeing city operations.

While not all of the signs have been replaced just yet, a task that will surely cost some money and take a fair amount of time to complete, we started to wonder—of the 1,182 pieces of property that once displayed former Mayor Tom Menino’s name, how many have been swapped out?

We couldn’t get the full list just yet; as it turns out, the city—as innovative and centralized as it’s becoming—doesn’t keep a master list of which departments have replaced signage, or even a total tally of the signs that are actually out there.

But with the help of some of Walsh’s staff, we were able to nail down what’s been changed from Menino to Walsh as part of the ongoing process.

Here’s the general breakdown:

Sign: Eight “Welcome to” neighborhood signs, including ones in South Boston and Fort Point.
Cost: Between $850-$1,525 each, depending on the sign.

Sign: Twenty-four copies of a 3-foot by 5-foot sign for the Neighborhood Housing Division.
Cost: $1,140

Sign: Two-hundred 20-inch by 30-inch Home Repair and Lead Safe Boston program signs for the Boston Home Center.
Cost: $1,010

Sign: City Hall to Go Truck
Cost: $633.17

Sign: City Hall Directories on first and third floors.
Cost: $220

Sign: Beginning in January, signs being made for construction projects will be changed to include “Martin J. Walsh” as they are manufactured.
Cost: No additional funding necessary.

Sign: Graffiti truck.
Cost: Unknown

Sign: PSAs and City Maps on all street furniture.
Cost: Done internally, no additional costs.

Signs: 12 Big Belly trash barrel units.
Cost: Unknown.

Sign: DPW trucks.
Cost: Done internally, no additional costs.

Sign: The BCYF Blackstone Community Center in the South End, and two directional signs pointing to its location.
Cost: $500

Signs: The BCYF Curtis Hall, BCYF Paris Street Community Center, and BCYF Paris Street Pool.
Cost: $1,000 combined.

Sign: Childe Hassam Park in the South End.
Cost: $300, but it was budgeted into the capital cost of the project.

Signs: This year the city will re-open approximately 10 parks. The three confirmed as of May include Joyce in Brighton, Sweeney in South Boston, and Billings in West Roxbury.
Cost: All sign costs budgeted as part of the projects.

Sign: Boston Transportation Department.
Cost: No signage has been changed.

Sign: Boston Police Department.
Cost: No signage has been changed.

Sign: Boston Fire Department.
Cost: No signage has been changed.

Sign: Boston Public Health Commission.
Cost: No signage has been changed.

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  • Miguel Angel Chavez

    How about just slapping stickers with same background color on only the parts that have the name of mayor on it? Would be much more cost effective and quicker to do.

  • N.B.

    How about replacing the signs that need to be replaced when they need to be replaced, and not having the mayor’s name on every sign so we don’t need to go through this every time there is a new mayor? Total boondoggle and waste of money when there isn’t plenty to go around.

  • Steve

    What’s the point of this article other than to get a bunch of people riled up over nothing? Boston isn’t a slum – we have nice signs. Get over it.

    • Dave

      Also $11,000 isn’t very much money for a large city to spend to make lots of changes across the city.

  • Jamie C

    I know of a few places that still have Flynn labels. Does it really matter, of course not. There are more important things to deal with. If crime is reduced, the signs could say Curley for all I care