Boston has $5.1 billion in construction projects in various stages of development, with construction cranes dotting the city's skyline, and the building spree is credited to Mayor Thomas Menino's desire to get things done, according to this article. Menino, who is preparing to leave office and end a 20-year tenure, "has overseen the addition of 80 million square feet of development, increasing the city’s total square footage of office and residential space by 11 percent," writes Katharine Seelye.

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