Walsh reflects on year of challenges and changes

No one would dispute that 2020 brought extreme challenges worldwide, nationwide and locally. In Boston, officials and residents faced surges of COVID-19 infections and deaths, widespread shutdowns and economic hardship, while also wrestling with issues of racial justice in policing and public education. In a recent Zoom interview, Mayor Martin Walsh reflected on Boston’s pandemic response, the city’s current police reform and education issues, and his own future options.

The following interview has been edited.

Banner: The COVID pandemic has exposed inequalities in cities and states across the nation. How well do you think Boston has responded to inequalities in areas of housing, education and how essential workers are treated?

Walsh: I think the team here inside City Hall was really amazing. In March, we shut everything down, and within a matter of days, we set up food distribution centers. We delivered Chromebooks to our kids. We had a system


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