Boston: Act II

The crowd—black and white—applauded as the mayor of Boston walked down the city-hall corridor. "I understand," he said with a wink, "that some of you want to see me." On some days it seems as if everyone in Boston wants to see Kevin White, who has managed to temper the austere efficiency of his predecessor with urbanity and charm.

White's administration, in fact, seems to be an ideal Act II for what has be come known as the New Boston. In Act I—the fine, sometimes brilliant administration of John Collins—the city was dramatically...

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