Robert Moses

October 30, 2010, 9am PDT
There are two magnetic poles in the realm of urban planning: Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs. But do we have to always be stuck in this tug-of-war?
Urban Omnibus
July 13, 2010, 12pm PDT
The local environmental justice movement to remove a short, recently renovated Bronx expressway has taken on national prominence. On July 13, NY DOT is expected to release three options that may decide its future, including one to remove it.
The New York Times - N.Y. / Region
April 2, 2010, 8am PDT
Roberta Brandes Gratz has released her own account of the showdown between Jane Jacobs and Robert Moses, with her own history of growing up in New York interwoven. George Beane has this review.
Metropolis Magazine
February 17, 2010, 6am PST
Architectural historian Keith Eggener draws a fascinating connection between the film <em>Death Wish</em> and architecture -- and also links the movie's main character with Robert Moses.
Places
August 24, 2009, 9am PDT
This article from <em>Triple Canopy</em> looks at the unrealized urban planning ideas of former New York City Mayor John Lindsay, which were somewhere in between Jane Jacobs and Robert Moses.
Triple Canopy
August 19, 2009, 5am PDT
<em>The New Yorker</em> offers a long profile of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and highlights his efforts to "undo" the work of Robert Moses.
The New Yorker
July 29, 2009, 6am PDT
A review by John King of Anthony Flint's new book, <em>Wrestling With Moses: How Jane Jacobs Took On New York's Master Builder and Transformed the American City.</em>
The San Francisco Chronicle
May 26, 2009, 7am PDT
Three cities - three directions on how their transportation infrastructure was shaped by national transportation and housing legislation, and the role of influential leaders like CO Gov. Lamm, OR representative Earl Blumenauer, and NY's Robert Moses.
PBS
March 30, 2009, 10am PDT
Nicolai Ouroussoff, architecture critic for The New York Times, argues that the time is right for a new vision of rebirth for America's ailing cities. He applies this new vision to the challenges of New Orleans, Los Angeles, the Bronx, and Buffalo.
The New York Times
March 14, 2009, 7am PDT
In an effort to reclaim a public plaza at the foot of the Manhattan Bridge that was demolished in the 1960s by Robert Moses, artist Brian Tolle is reconstructing the statues that once adorned the plaza.
Bloomberg
September 19, 2008, 8am PDT
Robert Moses, New York's controversial master builder, is the subject of a new series of novels.
The New York Times
May 28, 2008, 10am PDT
<p>A remnant of Robert Moses' famous push to raze neighborhoods and build highways in their place, the Sheridan Expressway is ripe for revitalization. A local advocate believes that now "the stars are aligned" for it to happen.</p>
The Gotham Gazette
March 4, 2008, 6am PST
<p>The machine-city envisioned by Le Corbusier, and made into practice in decades of modernist bureaucracy, has ultimately produced, according to Simon Richards' essay, an antisocial environment, against which urban planning seems to be now reacting.</p>
The Urban Reinventors Online Urban Journal
Blog post
September 22, 2007, 7pm PDT

   Now it’s Jane’s turn.

Anthony Flint
Blog post
April 10, 2007, 4pm PDT

The recent exhibitions on Robert Moses at the Museum of the City of New York, the Queens Museum of Art, and Columbia University have revived old debates about Robert Moses, most of which have boiled down to the question: when all is said and done, was he good or bad? When I visited the exhibitions, trying to figure out my own answer, I remembered my father’s favorite saying (lifted from Oedipus Rex): “Would you condemn me for that which made me great?"

Anthony Weiss
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