“Tommy was 12 years old the first time I saw him — a Little League ballplayer,” said Whooten, whose family lived on the same block in the city’s Hyde Park neighborhood in the 1950s. “Then he got ambitious!” Whooten said with a laugh, adding: “I’m proud to know him. He’s done a hell of a job for Boston.”
Unlike his old friends from Hyde Park, Menino isn’t using his remaining time in office to reflect on the past. He is looking forward to helping Boston University launch its Institute on Cities, where municipal leaders from across the world can share ideas on urban issues, a job that begins in February. Meanwhile, his official schedule is still overstuffed with the usual meetings and public events.
Chief among his concerns is working with Mayor-elect Martin J. Walsh, who takes office Jan. 6, to ensure a smooth transition "
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