“They have in common this curiosity of having been directly elected mayors of very large global cities.
“I should say how much every current mayor — and there’s a lot of mayors here today — owes to you, for what you’ve done, the leadership you’ve shown,” Johnson said.
And, even as mayors, there were profound differences between Bloomberg and Johnson — not least in political style.
Through the years, the mayors spoke of having influenced each other on other projects, including around volunteering and urban green space.
In the U.S., too, it’s not just the right that’s seen a backlash against the sort of neoliberal, urban-centric politics Johnson and Bloomberg practiced as mayors.

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