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.”