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Michael Bloomberg to embark on legacy tour

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg holds a

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg holds a news conference in the Blue Room at City Hall in Manhattan. (Dec. 12, 2013) Credit: Charles Eckert

Mayor Michael Bloomberg will embark on a five-borough tour of New York City to highlight the key "initiatives and success" of his 12-year tenure.

The legacy tour, which begins Tuesday and stops in one borough each day, will focus on parks, economic development, education, immigration, technology, transportation and infrastructure, among other improvements, Howard Wolfson, deputy mayor for government affairs and communications, said in a memo Monday titled "T-Minus 15 Days."

Dec. 31 is Bloomberg's last day in office. Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio takes over on Jan. 1.

Bloomberg is committed, "first and foremost," to helping de Blasio with his transition, and the deputy mayors and commissioners will continue briefing de Blasio's team, Wolfson said.

The launch of progress.mikebloomberg.com, a sleek website touting the billionaire independent's accomplishments under subheads such as counterterrorism and environmental protection, accompanied Wolfson's memo.

Bloomberg will deliver his last major speech as mayor Wednesday to the Economic Club of New York on the rise of American cities.

He appeared on ABC's "The View" Monday, telling the hosts that he believes his greatest accomplishment included record low crime and his greatest disappointment was the failure to push through a ban on soda and other sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces.

De Blasio, a Democrat, was elected on a platform that criticized Bloomberg policies that he said favored the wealthy and fueled economic inequalities.

Fordham political science assistant professor Christina Greer said Bloomberg's legacy will include the city's changed skyline, but also his focus on Manhattan to the detriment of the outer boroughs.

"He's the Robert Moses of the 21st century," she said. "For better or for worse, he changed the literal layout of the city. . . . But while he's been inventive, the fact is, he's ignored some communities."

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