From the time he took office on January 1, 1934, until American entry into World War II, Fiorello H. La Guardia's public works brought about in New York the greatest government-sponsored municipal transformation in America since Washington, D.C. was created out of Potomac marshlands. The vast physical transformations under La Guardia began with the Triborough Bridge. Robert Moses, the parks commissioner, was instrumental in La Guardia’s massive physical changes to the city. As a result of their often-contentious partnership, gigantic swimming pools, parks, freeways, and other public works would characterize the La Guardia Administration. 

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