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Thinking Big, New York and London: Heading Back To The Top

Tuesday September 2009

Speakers: Michael Bloomberg, Mayor, City of New York
Boris Johnson, Mayor, London

Lee C. Bollinger, President, Columbia University
Opening Remarks
Lawrence J. Mone, President, Manhattan Institute

Leading Back to the Top: Remarks by and Conversation with
Michael Bloomberg, Mayor, City of New York
Boris Johnson, Mayor, London

MODERATOR: Julia Vitullo-Martin, Director, Center for Rethinking Development

Planning to Compete in the Global Marketplace: Panel Discussion
Amanda Burden, Chair, City Planning Commission & Director, Department of City Planning, New York
Kenneth T. Jackson, Jacques Barzun Professor in History and the Social Sciences, Columbia University
Rosemarie Macqueen, Strategic Director for the Built Environment, City of Westminster
Sir Simon Milton, Deputy Mayor for Policy and Planning, Greater London Authority
Robertyaro, President, Regional Plan Association
MODERATOR: Hope Cohen, Deputy Director, Center for Rethinking Development

Among the many seeming casualties of the ongoing global financial crisis have been the economies of New York and London. Once the dominant free-market, democratic, Western cities, London and New York had for years used their diversity and commercial essence to forge immensely successful entrepreneurial strategies that must now be reformulated in light of critically-changed economic conditions. Ferocious competitors in the past, their leaders have now decided the cities must work together, learning from one another, to climb back up to the top.

Following their remarks and conversation, leading planners and historians will discuss the two physical cities—explaining how development and infrastructure projects in the works advance the mayors’ ideas.