Tom Menino, the 70 year-old outgoing mayor of Boston who has served for 20 years, has been maintaining a transition blog to aide his successor and keep the general public informed about the goings-on in Boston. The blog is upbeat, engaging, and informative, and incorporates video, graphical data, and information about Boston’s administration and civic life. Tod Newcombe at Governing highlights this innovative use of blogging:
The degree of detail about the mayor’s policies and how a big city operates is unique. That’s what caught the eye of Lee Rainie, director of the Pew Research Center’s Internet Project. He says the blog adds a degree of transparency that takes the mystery out of municipal governance. “It really shows what government is all about.”
Read more about Menino’s blog in Governing here.
Contributor: Benjamin Peterson, Pepperdine School of Public Policy, MPP Candidate ’15