Robert Moses Symposium Panel: The Legacy of Robert Moses

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

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Panel Discussion: The Roads Taken and Not Taken: Robert Moses and Transportation

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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 […]