By Patrick Rosso, Town Correspondent
As news trickled out today that Mayor Thomas M. Menino would not seek a sixth term, several residents interviewed at Mattapan Square expressed gratitude for his nearly 20-year tenure and credited him with improving the city.
Colette McCoy, 60, said 20 years was a good run.
"I'm not happy to see him go, but he has to pay attention to his health," said McCoy, who does administrative work.
She said he had done a lot to beautify Boston.
"He cleaned up the parks and made the city look better." she said, adding that she also enjoyed the annual GospelFest on City Hall Plaza. The mayor's office was a big supporter of the event.
Gisselene Beauplant, 58, a nurse's assistant, credited Menino with helping immigrants and for supporting ESOL programs in the public schools.
"He also keep the streets clean, especially after winter storms," the Haiti native said.