THE GREAT STREETBOX CONSPIRACY
Volume 3. Issue 30
BY GRAHAM WILSON
This one opens with a gem: “Mayor Menino is wiping his soft, pimply white ass with the Constitution. Again.” In this seething, two-page expose, the Dig took on the city’s unconscionable decision to remove street boxes from the Back Bay area (in doing so, we alleged, they inexplicably infringed upon First Amendment rights). The ban eventually spurred the Dig into a court case alongside the Boston Phoenix, the Improper Bostonian, the Boston Herald, and the Boston Globe, which all together won a temporary restraining order against the removal of the boxes. In the end, Menino got his way, as usual.
Volume 8. Issue 45
BY PAUL MCMORROW
Here we highlighted the exhaustion that comes along with each election cycle, and look at the prospect of, speculations surrounding, and motives behind Mayor Tom Menino possibly running for a fifth term in 2009 (which, of course, he wound up doing). Here’s the kicker: McMorrow noted current Mayor-elect Marty Walsh as someone who was likely to make a run of his own.
WHY BIKING IN BOSTON IS SUCH A BALL BREAKER
Volume 3. Issue 33
BY JOE BONNI
This was an early look at the struggle of biking in Boston, problems related to which still remain. After a 1997 accident involving a bike courier resulted in a Globe cover story on dangerous cyclists, officials began cracking down on the entire bike scene, which subsequently resulted in backlash from various groups claiming discrimination. To counter the bad press, Mayor Tom Menino reinstated the defunct Boston Bicycle Advisory Committee, which drafted a Bicyclist’s Bill of Rights.
SHAKE THAT MASS
Volume 8. Issue 51 (Year-In-Review)
BY PAUL MCMORROW
Of the top 10 local happenings that shaped 2006, Mayor Tom Menino played front-and-center in three: one was his hopeless attempt to enact city-wide WiFi; another was his battle to pull “Stop Snitching” shirts from shelves citywide; finally, in December, Hizzoner announced plans to tear down City Hall and rebuild it on the Southie waterfront. According to McMorrow, the plan–soon after scrapped–reeked of political vengeance.
SHOPPING WITH HIZZONER
Volume 8. Issue 31
BY BILLY BAKER
For a power broker making six figures as the boss of Boston, it’s hard to picture Mayor Tom Menino rifling through the racks of a discount department store. Hizzoner, however, started shopping at Filene’s when he was still in short pants, and frequented the joint “two or three times a week” until it closed. Like the best stories about Menino, this one highlights his everyday guy credentials. A classic.