Michelle Wu‘s victory means that a new Boston attitude has begun to take hold, and to HE that feels like an interesting and exciting thing.

You could go so far as to say that the old clam chowder-and-saltine crackers Boston is slipping away. The Irish Boston of whiskey-drinking legend. The Boston captured in The Friends of Eddie Coyle. The Tip O’Neill, Honey Fitz, lunch-at-Locke-Ober’s Boston. The Boston that The Verdict‘s Paul Newman lived and worked in. The Boston that Matt Damon and Ben Affleck grew up in. The Boston that Jack Nicholson‘s Whitey Bulger character exploited and terrorized.

If Wu is smart, she’ll steer clear of C.R.T. advocacy in Boston-area schools.