The Progressive Mayor? Bill de Blasio So Far

Photo of crowd at Progressive Mayor event

In April, The Nation began a series of reports titled “Cities Rising,” making the claim that big cities were the new hotbeds of progressive reform and that Bill de Blasio, the newly elected mayor of New York, is at the forefront of this revolution. De Blasio himself, as chair of the Cities of Opportunity Task Force, declared that he and his fellow urban mayors would “organize and focus the progressive ideas coming out of cities” in the US, saying, “It is our responsibility to create more opportunities for our citizens and more equitable cities.” But just how progressive are these ideas and how equitable are the opportunities?  Is de Blasio truly a progressive mayor, or does he offer just a gentler version of the same old policies?

Featuring a panel discussion with:

Senior Political Reporter for El Diario/La Prensa Marlene Peralta will speak on immigration policy and the immigrant experience.

Huffington Post reporter Saki Knafo will address policing and the city’s latest “quality of life” campaigns.

Director of Arts & Democracy Project and Co-Director, Naturally Occurring Cultural Districts NY Caron Atlas will cover the state of the arts in New York.

Executive Editor and Publisher of City Limits, Jarrett Murphy, will examine the administration’s approach to the environment and land use in the city.

Moderated by Mary Rowe, Director, Urban Resilience and Livability at The Municipal Art Society.

Wednesday, September 3
6:30 to 8:30 pm
Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts
Gallatin School of Individualized Study
1 Washington Place at the corner of Broadway