Boston City Hall is a building people love to hate. This year, a survey listed it as the “second ugliest building in the United States,” and the fourth ugliest on planet Earth. In 2006, Mayor Thomas Menino said he lamented working there; that year he proposed selling the building to build a new City Hall in South Boston.
Public opinion toward the building however has since changed. Heroic: Concrete Architecture and the New Boston—a 2015 book by Mark Pasnik, Michael Kubo and Chris Grimley—did much to set the record straight about why Boston City Hall should be cherished. Later in 2021, Michelle Wu shared
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