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Jim Borghesani: How about recognizing a new era by proposing a new City Hall building? In this photo, Boston Mayor Tom Menino speaks outside City Hall on July 22, 2004. (AP)

After 20 years behind the big desk at City Hall, Boston Mayor Tom Menino will not seek a sixth term.

The 70-year-old Democrat, who was hospitalized for nearly two months in the fall, says his health played a role in his decision.

Reaction to the news is pouring in. Everyone, it seems, has a Menino story. After all, a recent poll by The Boston Globe showed nearly half of the city’s residents had met the mayor personally.

You’ll find reflections from the following Cog contributors below:

  • Jarrett Barrios, CEO of the American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts
  • Tiziana Dearing, former president of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Boston
  • Wendy Kaminer, lawyer and social critic
  • Renée Loth, writer and editor
  • Eileen McNamaraPulitzer Prize-winning columnist (previously published)
  • Tom Mashberg, freelance journalist
  • Micho Spring, former deputy mayor of Boston
  • Jane Swift, former governor of Massachusetts
  • Thomas J. Whalen, associate professor of social science at Boston University

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We’ll be adding more reflections as they come in.

Menino announces that he won’t seek re-election for an unprecedented sixth term at Faneuil Hall in Boston Thursday. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Menino announces that he won’t seek re-election for an unprecedented sixth term at Faneuil Hall in Boston Thursday. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Have you ever met the mayor? Share your stories and photos in the comments below. 

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  • Stephen Rost

    Though there is a story .. One minus one million would be who I am in this case.

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