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EDWARD L. GLAESER

Kevin White’s best legacy

Barney Frank’s exit highlights long list of leaders discovered by Boston mayor

Mayoral aide Barney Frank, left, confers with Mayor Kevin White, right. White was mayor of Boston for 16 years. Mayoral aide Barney Frank, left, confers with Mayor Kevin White, right. White was mayor of Boston for 16 years. (File 1968/the boston globe)
By Edward L. Glaeser
December 5, 2011
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Barney Frank’s impending exit from Congress is a milestone not just for him, but also for the remarkable set of civic leaders who came of age working with Boston Mayor Kevin White. Whether you agree with Frank’s politics, you cannot doubt his abilities - or the significance of the Kevin White generation in rebuilding Greater Boston. As they begin to retire, Boston must look to a new generation of civic leaders endowed with similar competence and idealism.

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