Robert Moses Symposium Panel: Moses and the Giants

A panel discussion moderated by Kenneth T. Jackson and featuring the authors of three papers:

  • Jameson W. Doig, The Port Authority’s Austin Tobin: How to Outmaneuver and Defeat Robert Moses
  • Lizabeth Cohen, Edward J. Logue and the Politics of Urban Redevelopment in Postwar America
  • Duane Tananbaum, Allies and Adversaries: Herbert Lehman and Robert Moses

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Thank God for Jane Jacobs the Highway Slayer

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Jane Jacobs’ legacy is so broad and complex I’m not going to attempt a big thinkpiece to mark her 100th birthday. In lieu of something long and wordy, I’ve got two short paragraphs and some images of the Robert Moses road monsters she slew in the 1960s. Car-centric planning was inimical to the things Jacobs valued most […]

Robert Moses’s Fundamental Misunderstanding

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In the latest issue of the Regional Plan Association’s Spotlight on the Region newsletter, editor Alex Marshall has an outstanding essay responding to the recent burst of Robert Moses revisionism. An excerpt:   It all comes down to capacity. Like many people of his generation, I’m convinced, Moses essentially didn’t understand the different capabilities of […]

Does New York Need a ‘New Moses’?

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Okay, so the question comprising the title of this post sounds naive enough to border on rhetorical. But in light of the city’s current development climate, it takes a stronger resolve than mine to read "Power Broken," by NYU’s Thomas Bender, without wondering which side of the fence to come down on. Published in the latest edition of […]

Robert Moses Symposium Panel: The Legacy of Robert Moses

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A panel discussion moderated by Sarah Henry, chief curator of the Museum of the City of New York, and featuring the authors of three papers: Daniel Prosterman, Robert Moses and the Meaning of Democracy Lynne Sagalyn, Moses as Metaphor: The Legacy of Reputation Peter Eisenstadt, Moses and H.L. Mencken: Race and the Politics of Skepticism

Robert Moses Symposium Panel: Moses and His Challenges

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A panel discussion moderated by Lizabeth Cohen and featuring the authors of four papers: Henry D. Fetter, Revising the Revisionists: Public Subsidyand Dodger Stadium in Brooklyn David Michalski, Robert Moses Meets the Mighty Niagara: Aesthetic Collisions at Empire’s Edge Robert Fishman, Revolt of the Urbs: 5th Avenue Opposition David A. Johnson, Robert Moses and the […]

Robert Moses Symposium Panel: Moses’ Vision in Concrete & Film

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A panel discussion moderated by Tom Finkelpearl, director of the Queens Museum of Art, featuring the authors of four papers: Blagovesta Momchedikova, The Panorama of the City of New York: Robert Moses’ Gigantic Visions of the City as Reflected in the Miniature Metropolis in the Museum Marta Gutman, The Place of Play: Robert Moses and […]