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Robertson off to New York

April 12th, 2010 · 19 Comments

Sam Sullivan used to love to go to Chicago and admired Mayor Richard Daley, perhaps in part because of his imperial powers, but also because of the way he had single-handedly turned Chicago from a rust belt disaster to a thriving urban innovator.

But Gregor Robertson’s favourite city, at least this week, is New York. Apparently he’s off there today, tomorrow and Wednesday to talk to Mayor Michael Bloomberg (wealthy beyond belief, brought in a smoking ban to restaurants and car-free days to Times Square and various other roads), among other things.

Along with that, he’ll be schmoozing more green business types. I, for one, am waiting to see what comes of all this. It’s all been a bit of a mystery, as no one wants to trot out any of these potential future Vancouver powerhouses for interviews until they actually commit to something. So far, Surrey’s announced one deal from all this dedicated green networking, but nothing else definitive so far from the half dozen cities that have been pursuing the new economy.

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