​On May 8, more than 150 people joined us at our SM& Presents Panel examining the issues facing the City of Boston in the post-Menino era. With Boston voters preparing to elect only the city's fourth mayor in 45 years, the event featured a lively discussion of the key issues Mayor Thomas M. Menino's successor will inherit — commercial and affordable housing development, a growing gap between the rich and the poor, urban mass transit headaches, recruiting a new school superintendent and implementing a new student assignment plan, what it will take to grow Boston's middle class, and casino gambling. Our panelists – NECN Business Editor Peter Howe, Boston Globe Columnist Joanna Weiss, Meghna Chakrabarti, co-host of Radio Boston on WBUR-FM, and Commonwealth Magazine Associate EditorPaul McMorrow – began and ended the session with a debate about “leadership style,” and whether the next mayor should be a manager, a mechanic or Machiavelli. Moderated by an SM& SVP  it was the 19thpanel discussion presented by Solomon McCown in the past decade. Thank you to our panelists for their participation and great insights. Click here to watch what three words attendees today have for the future of Boston.