Wrestling with Moses: How Jane Jacobs Took On New York's Master Builder and Transformed the American City

Wrestling with Moses: How Jane Jacobs Took On New York's Master Builder and Transformed the American City

Anthony Flint


The contention of Jane Jacobs and Robert Moses, a fight for the soul of a urban, is likely one of the such a lot dramatic and consequential in glossy American heritage. To a tender Jane Jacobs, Greenwich Village, with its winding cobblestone streets and numerous make-up, was once every thing a urban local can be. yet consummate strength dealer Robert Moses, the daddy of lots of New York’s so much enormous improvement initiatives, idea neighborhoods like Greenwich Village have been badly wanting “urban renewal.” status up opposed to executive plans for town, Jacobs marshaled renowned aid and political strength opposed to Moses, no matter if to dam site visitors via her cherished Washington sq. Park or to avoid the development of the decrease new york parkway, an increased superhighway that will have destroyed centuries-old streetscapes and displaced hundreds of thousands of households. via confronting Moses and his imaginative and prescient, Jacobs without end replaced the best way american citizens understood town. Her tale reminds us of the ability we have now as contributors to confront and defy reckless authority.

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