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There was a time — the last 20 years, actually — when the two large computer monitors in the mayor’s office would have been as welcome as a Walmart executive pitching a store in Boston. Longtime occupant Thomas M. Menino famously shunned e-mail and didn’t even allow a PC to clutter his desk.
Now it’s more like Mayor’s Office version 2.0, as evidenced by the two 46-inch screens, called dashboards, that sit atop metal stands. They display data about all things Boston — from the percentage of school buses running on time to how many potholes were filled in the past week to the number of calls flooding the city’s 24-hour hot line (556 on a recent day, with an average answer time of 8 seconds).
The idea is to give new Mayor Martin J. Walsh a snapshot of how things are running at any given moment, and to show him how well government employees are doing their jobs.