The New Jane Jacobs vs. the New Robert Moses?
New York Magazine talks to Majora Carter:
Janelle Nanos: Part of Moses’s legacy is the idea that to get anything done in the city, it needs to be done by fiat. Do you see that happening again now?
Majora Carter: Absolutely. Partially, it’s a coliseum mentality, that it has to be big or it doesn’t matter. The problem with the big projects of Moses and now Doctoroff is that they don’t think about what the long-term impacts are of exercising that much power on people who have none. It’s the idea that people are in the way.
Nanos: It’s interesting that you group Doctoroff and Moses together. Do you think the deputy mayor sees himself as the new Moses?
Carter: Oh, God, yeah. Completely. He thinks he’s the man.
But the deputy mayor disagreed during his sit down with the New York Observer:
I don’t think that any comparison between the period that Moses was active and today is really that relevant. The biggest difference is the need for community input.With very few exceptions, we have really made an effort to reach out to local communities and understand their needs. Moses was a believer that it was experts who were able to divine what was best for the community or the city on the whole.