Eli Broad, Who Helped Reshape Los Angeles, Dies at 87

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The businessman, who made a fortune in home-building and insurance, spent lavishly to try to make the city a cultural capital.
Even his critics had to concede, however, that he was probably the most effective civic leader Los Angeles had seen since Dorothy Chandler, a remarkable achievement for a transplanted Midwesterner with no family ties to his adopted city.

"There's no curtain you can't get through in Los Angeles — no religious curtain, no curtain about where you came from," Mr. Broad told The New York Times in 2001. "It's a meritocracy, unlike some other cities. If you have ideas here, if you have energy, you'll be accepted. I love L.A."

Ms. Heyler acknowledged his "tenacious style" and said he was not shy in "pressing his political connections, strong-arming business peers."

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