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NEW YORK CITY-“Never give up on this city,” keynote speaker William Rudin told attendees at the “New York’s Next Urban Agenda” discussion Wednesday morning. “Never second-guess it on its ability to move itself forward.”

Vice chairman and CEO of Rudin Management Co. as well as chairman of the Association for A Better New York, Rudin charted a series of cataclysmic events from which the city rebounded and reinvented itself, starting with a December 1835 fire that wiped out the built environment of Lower Manhattan. The turning point that New York City faces at present is less calamitous but no less momentous: the end of Michael Bloomberg‘s 12-year tenure as one of the most activist mayors in the city’s history and the election of his successor.

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