01/03/2014 12:55 pm ET Updated Jan 25, 2014

Ten Lessons For New York City From Los Angeles | The Nation

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Bill de Blasio may be today’s standard-bearer for urban populism, but he’s not the first left-leaning mayor to lead a major US metropolis. America’s cities were the cradle of progressivism from the late 1800s through the New Deal and beyond. In response to the growing influence of robber barons and corporations in the Gilded Age, activists forged a coalition of immigrants, unionists, upper-class philanthropists and middle-class reformers (journalists, settlement house workers, clergy and academics among them) to improve living and working conditions in the burgeoning cities.