Robert Moses Symposium Panel: Moses Alters the Landscape with Bridges and Highways

A panel discussion moderated by Owen Gutfreund and featuring the authors of four papers:

  • David Foxe, Bridges, Structural Design, and Technological Optimism
  • Hilary Kitasei, The Collapse of the Parkway Ideal: Preservation Challenges in the 21st Century
  • Ray Bromley, Revisiting Caro’s One Mile: The Cross-Bronx Expressway
  • Jeffrey Kroessler, Beyond the Bridge: Robert Moses and Staten Island

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