‘We’ll tackle our biggest challenges by getting the small things right,’ says Boston’s first female mayor.


‘We’ll tackle our biggest challenges by getting the little things right,’ says Boston’s first female mayor.

BOSTON — Michelle Wu was sworn in as Boston’s first female and first person of color mayor on Tuesday.

Two weeks after winning the city’s mayoral election, Wu was sworn in as the city’s first Asian American mayor.

Before Wu, Boston’s mayors had all been white men.

“The city government is unique.

Because we are the level closest to the people, we must take on both large and small tasks.

After taking the oath of office, Wu said, “Every streetlight, every pothole, every park, and every classroom lays the foundation for greater change.”

“After all, Boston was founded on a revolutionary promise: things don’t have to be the way they have always been.”

That we can forge a new path for families now and in the future, one based on justice and opportunity,” she said.

Wu, 36, succeeds Kim Janey, a fellow Democrat who served as Boston’s first female and Black mayor but was not elected.

Wu said she felt swallowed up by the maze of concrete hallways, checkpoints, and looming counters when she first stepped inside Boston City Hall, all reminders of why her immigrant family avoided such places.

However, she claims that her family’s struggles led to an internship with former Mayor Thomas Menino and eventually a seat on the Boston City Council, where she learned the ropes of city government and politics.

“I know the passageways and stairwells of City Hall like my own home now,” she said.

Following her inauguration, Wu will be faced with the difficult task of implementing a slew of ambitious policy proposals that served as the campaign’s backbone.

Wu has promised to pursue rent stabilization or rent control to combat rising housing costs that have forced some former residents out of the city.

The fact that Massachusetts voters narrowly approved a ballot question prohibiting rent control statewide in 1994 is the biggest roadblock to that proposal.

Wu’s top campaign promise is to establish a “fare-free” public transportation system.

The proposal, according to Wu, would…

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