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Matthew A. Winkler

Boston's Michelle Wu Is a Mayor of Many Firsts

The daughter of Taiwanese immigrants has reason to be confident in the city’s future. 

Boston Mayor Michelle Wu has the business wind at her back.

Boston Mayor Michelle Wu has the business wind at her back.

Photographer: Scott Eisen/Getty Images 

When Michelle Wu became the first woman and first person of color to be elected as mayor of Boston in November, she was lucky to have almost $350 million in one-time federal funds standing behind a promise of “transformative change” in her first $3.99 billion annual budget. Unlike other cities using the 2021 American Rescue Plan Act to shore up revenue lost during the pandemic, Wu is determined to provide more accessible housing, free public transit and make Boston “the greenest city in America” with Covid-19 relief money.

“We are shifting to ensure that investments in public transportation and active transportation mean that we will not be a car-centric city, but one that is focused on climate and health and opportunity,” Boston’s 55th mayor said during a June interview with Bloomberg News in her City Hall office.