Mayor Walsh names Mission Hill in 1st speech

January 10, 2014

New Boston Mayor Martin Walsh gave a shout-out to Mission Hill in his inaugural speech Jan. 6 at Boston College.

The Mission Hill mention came as Walsh referred to Boston’s historic nickname of the “City upon a Hill,” a Biblical reference dating to Colonial times.

“Boston has been called a ‘City upon a Hill.’ I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard someone use that phrase to make a lofty point,” Walsh said, noting that U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren said it just minutes before in a speech to the inauguration crowd.

“But let me tell you what I think about when I hear it, with apologies to John Winthrop, the Puritan settler who said it first,” Walsh continued. “We are a City upon a Hill, but it’s not just the shining light of Beacon Hill. It’s Savin Hill, where I live. It’s Bunker Hill, Bellevue Hill and Fort Hill. It’s Pope’s Hill, Jones Hill and Telegraph Hill. It’s Copp’s Hill, Mission Hill and Eagle Hill…We are in this together—every neighborhood.”

Mayor Martin Walsh. (Photo Courtesy Mayor’s Office)

Mayor Martin Walsh. (Photo Courtesy Mayor’s Office)