"Fear is power." Thus spake Thomas Menino. His use of that power was always to advance the larger interests of the city of Boston. If he was corrupted by that power, it was not to the degree that rendered him dangerous.
Another comment he made in his memoirs was that he regarded city planning as too important to entrust to professional planners. The shape of the future is too malleable to make grand, overarching plans. He preferred to assess the merits of development projects on a case by case basis and not apply a rigid ideology to the review process.