A year after the tragic bombing at last year’s Boston Marathon, Boston is a “better city now than it was before,” says Thomas Menino, Boston’s former mayor. “People learned how to deal with each other, they had to deal with a tragedy.”
Not that it’s been easy. Three people were killed in the bombing last year and more than 260 were injured. The legacy of trauma and lost limbs remains – as does the shock of having endured a terrorist attack on Marathon Monday – and Bostonians can’t forget the fear that gripped a city locked down in the midst of a manhunt.
But Boston has been able to get past all of that. Copley Square is no longer littered with impromptu tributes to the dead and injured; they’re now on display in an exhibit at the Boston Public Library, where Robert White of Lynn saw meaning in every teddy bear and pair of sneakers: “Every last one of the items says ‘Boston Strong’ or ‘I will return next year.'”
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