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CityLab DC Commences as Mayors, City Leaders and Activists Discuss Housing Affordability, the Future of Transportation, Inclusive Planning and Social Equity

October 29, 2019
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WASHINGTON, Oct. 28, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, CityLab DC, the preeminent summit on global cities organized by The Aspen Institute, The Atlantic, and Bloomberg Philanthropies, kicked off its 7th annual two-day conference in Washington, D.C. This event brings together city leaders from around the world, along with renowned experts, to explore the challenges facing global urban centers through a diverse series of panel discussions, keynotes, workshops, and field trips. Leaders in local government, arts and culture, business, and technology joined the first day’s events to share and discuss the ways in which cities are integrating innovative approaches to tackle these challenges and improve the lives of residents.

CityLab DC opened with an energetic performance by Step Afrika!, a nationally ranked dance company that blends traditional African dance with modern influence.

Following welcome remarks by Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies and Mayor of New York City from 2002-2013 Michael R. Bloomberg was interviewed about “Cities as Catalysts,” highlighting the leading role cities and their ideas play in driving innovation to address the unmet needs of residents.

“There’s a demand for services that the public can understand, knows how to ask for, and knows how to hold the leaders responsible,” said Bloomberg. “And those leaders are the mayors. All of the money might come down from the top, where you have the most pricing and taxing power. Mayors are where the solutions are. A bad mayor can take a city in the wrong direction and making it very hard to recover. A good mayor can make a difference.”

During a conversation about the day’s news with Margaret Brennan of CBS News, she asked whether he supported impeachment. Bloomberg responded, “I do. If he did get impeached, he certainly would not get convicted. But I do think that it’s gotten so far, there’s so many real questions about inappropriate actions that the public deserves to have Congress do what it was put in place by the Founding Fathers to provide oversight.”

Now in its seventh year, CityLab was founded on the principle that the most important innovation is happening at the local level and that global impact can be achieved when cities share solutions.

Highlights and commentary from featured leaders and experts include:

Other highlights included:

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Live stream: To watch a full recording of the day visit the CityLab DC event website: http://citylab2019.theatlantic.com/. All plenary programming tomorrow is being streamed live on the event website.

Photos & Videos: Bloomberg Philanthropies photos are available for download and use via Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/bloombergphilanthropies/. Credit: CityLab, Bloomberg Philanthropies. We will make available rush video clips and selects from plenary sessions. We’re happy to provide photos from our photographer upon request. Credit: CityLab DC.

Social: Follow along on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook with #CityLabDC, @AtlanticLIVE and @AspenInstitute, @BloombergDotOrg

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