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The Pragmatist: Bill de Blasio's Quest to Save the Soul of New York

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When Michael Bloomberg handed over the city to Bill de Blasio, New York and the country were experiencing record levels of income inequality. De Blasio was the first progressive elected to City Hall in twenty years. Invoking Fiorello La Guardia's name, he pledged to improve the lives of those marginalized by poverty and prejudice. Unlike La Guardia, de Blasio did not have ...more
Hardcover, 296 pages
Published September 5th 2017 by Oxford University Press, USA
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A very good, very detailed survey of New York's leadership from LAG to De Blasio that lacks the emotion of say, "Vanishing New York", the recent 'Howl' by J. Moss that suggests the City is losing its soul in a planned transfer from a progressive mindset to a luxury city branding. With this book, Viteritti seems to be a fan of De Blasio and while the book is stacked with facts, which suggest two tales are possible, there's less ambiguity about the possibility that De Blasio is LESS indebted to FI ...more
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