Robert Moses and the Modern City

The Transformation of New York

Author: Hilary Ballon,Kenneth T. Jackson

Publisher: W. W. Norton

ISBN: 9780393732061

Category: Architecture

Page: 336

View: 4609


A fresh look at the greatest builder in the history of New York City and one of its most controversial figures. In various roles in city and state government from 1930 to 1965, Robert Moses reshaped the fabric of the city. From Lincoln Center to the Triborough Bridge, the West Side Highway to the Cross Bronx Expressway, his public projects, reassessed in this book by notable urbanists, continue to exert a strong influence in the lives of New Yorkers.

Robert Moses and the Modern City

The Transformation of New York

Author: Hilary Ballon

Publisher: W. W. Norton

ISBN: 9780393732436

Category: Architecture

Page: 336

View: 2199


A fresh look at the greatest builder in the history of New York City and one of its most controversial figures.

Wrestling with Moses

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

Author: Anthony Flint

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1588368629

Category: Social Science

Page: 256

View: 8243


The rivalry of Jane Jacobs and Robert Moses, a struggle for the soul of a city, is one of the most dramatic and consequential in modern American history. To a young Jane Jacobs, Greenwich Village, with its winding cobblestone streets and diverse makeup, was everything a city neighborhood should be. But consummate power broker Robert Moses, the father of many of New York’s most monumental development projects, thought neighborhoods like Greenwich Village were badly in need of “urban renewal.” Standing up against government plans for the city, Jacobs marshaled popular support and political power against Moses, whether to block traffic through her beloved Washington Square Park or to prevent the construction of the Lower Manhattan Expressway, an elevated superhighway that would have destroyed centuries-old streetscapes and displaced thousands of families. By confronting Moses and his vision, Jacobs forever changed the way Americans understood the city. Her story reminds us of the power we have as individuals to confront and defy reckless authority.

Robert Moses

The Master Builder of New York City

Author: Pierre Christin

Publisher: Nobrow Press

ISBN: 9781910620366

Category: Architects

Page: 108

View: 6439


The New York Times Bestseller returns in a beautiful new paperback edition!

The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York

Author: Robert A. Caro

Publisher: Alfred a Knopf Incorporated

ISBN: 0394480767

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 1246

View: 3315


Moses is pictured as idealist reformer, and political manipulator as his rise to power and eventual domination of New York State politics is documented

The Battle for Gotham

New York in the Shadow of Robert Moses and Jane (Large Print 16pt)

Author: Roberta Brandes Gratz


ISBN: 145878391X


Page: 660

View: 4213


In the 1970s, New York City hit rock bottom. Crime was at its highest, the middle class exodus was in high gear, and bankruptcy loomed. Many people credit New Yorks ''master builder'' Robert Moses with turning Gotham around, despite his brutal, undemocratic. and demolition-heavy ways. Urban critic and journalist Roberta Brandes Gratz contradicts this conventional view. New York City, Gratz argues, recovered precisely because of the waning power of Moses. His decline in the late 1960s and the drying up of big government funding for urban renewal projects allowed New York to organically regenerate according to the precepts defined by Jane Jacobs in her classic, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, and in contradiction to Mosess urban philosophy. As American cities face a devastating economic crisis, Jacobss philosophy is again vital for the redevelopment of metropolitan life. Gratz who was named as one of Planetizens Top 100 Urban Thinkers gives an on-the-ground account of urban renewal and community success.

The Death and Life of Great American Cities

Author: Jane Jacobs

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 052543285X

Category: Social Science

Page: 480

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Thirty years after its publication, The Death and Life of Great American Cities was described by The New York Times as "perhaps the most influential single work in the history of town planning....[It] can also be seen in a much larger context. It is first of all a work of literature; the descriptions of street life as a kind of ballet and the bitingly satiric account of traditional planning theory can still be read for pleasure even by those who long ago absorbed and appropriated the book's arguments." Jane Jacobs, an editor and writer on architecture in New York City in the early sixties, argued that urban diversity and vitality were being destroyed by powerful architects and city planners. Rigorous, sane, and delightfully epigrammatic, Jacobs's small masterpiece is a blueprint for the humanistic management of cities. It is sensible, knowledgeable, readable, indispensable. The author has written a new foreword for this Modern Library edition.

Empire City

New York Through the Centuries

Author: Kenneth T. Jackson,David S. Dunbar

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231109093

Category: History

Page: 994

View: 7106


This major anthology brings together the best literary writing about New York--from O. Henry, Theodore Dreiser, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and John Steinbeck to Paul Auster and James Baldwin.

Rochdale Village

Robert Moses, 6,000 Families, and New York City's Great Experiment in Integrated Housing

Author: Peter R. Eisenstadt

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 9780801448782

Category: History

Page: 323

View: 2287


The history of Rochdale Village in Queens, New York, once the world's largest housing coop, from its planning, to the civil rights demonstrations at its construction site in 1963, through the late 1970s, ending with a look at life in Rochdale today.

The New York Approach

Robert Moses, Urban Liberals, and Redevelopment of the Inner City

Author: Joel Schwartz

Publisher: Ohio State University Press

ISBN: 0814205879

Category: History

Page: 375

View: 7059


Joel Schwartz's major reinterpretation of urban development in New York City examines Robert Moses's role in shaping the city and demonstrates for the first time that Moses's personal and ruthless crusade to redevelop New York's neighborhoods was actually sustained by his alliance with liberal city groups. After World War II, New York City forged ahead with urban renewal made possible by Title I of the Housing Act of 1949. While Title I was meant to help big cities replace slums with middle-class housing, New York instead used the program to replace housing for the poor with high-rent apartments, medical centers, and university campuses. When Title I became synonymous with callous relocation and "Negro removal", New Yorkers blamed Robert Moses, the legendary construction czar. While many concluded that Moses's high-handed ways were behind much that went wrong with their city, few could explain how he operated in a town famous for its feisty neighborhoods, liberal politics, and pioneer interracialism. From exhaustive research in previously unexamined archives, Schwartz demonstrates the extent to which Moses was abetted by liberal city leaders. He describes how insiders' deals for choice Title I sites emerged from the old ambitions of neighborhood civic groups and public housing advocates, and argues that urban liberals had long been prepared to sacrifice working-class neighborhoods for the city efficient. He explodes the myth of neighborhood resistance to Moses in Greenwich Village, the Upper West Side, and Morningside Heights, and instead finds steady collaboration of local civic leaders. Joel Schwartz's complex, disturbing portrait of Robert Moses and the civic leaders who sustainedhis power will surprise and enlighten readers interested in the evolution and development of New York and of today's post-industrial cities.

Parks, Plants, and People

Beautifying the Urban Landscape

Author: Lynden B. Miller

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 9780393732030

Category: Architecture

Page: 206

View: 8011


Shares inspirational advice on how and why to enhance cities with well-tended gardens, parks, and streets, counseling readers on a range of topics from the maintenance of year-round plantings to advocating for public and private funding.

New York Politics

A Tale of Two States

Author: Edward V Schneier,Brian Murtaugh

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317463811

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 388

View: 9245


Most New Yorkers have very little knowledge of how influence is wielded in Albany. This acclaimed book offers a chance to look behind those closed doors. The authors - an Albany-based political scientist and a former State Assembly member, now joined by an expert on political blogging and networking - infuse their discussion of institutions and processes with the drama and significance of real power politics. Completely revised and updated with extensive new material, the book covers recent political developments and electoral contests as well as all the basics: constitutional issues; historical, economic, social, and demographic factors; the functioning of executive, legislative, and judicial institutions; urban, local, and special district governments; parties, interest groups, and bureaucracies; and, finance, budgets, health, education, and welfare programs. Throughout, the authors are attentive to the many paradoxes and dualities that distinguish political, social, and economic life in the Empire State.

And Gently He Shall Lead Them

Robert Parris Moses and Civil Rights in Mississippi

Author: Eric Burner

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 9780814712504

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 308

View: 5966


The meaning of the American Revolution has always been a much-contested question, and asking it is particularly important today: the standard, easily digested narrative puts the Founding Fathers at the head of a unified movement, failing to acknowledge the deep divisions in Revolutionary-era society and the many different historical interpretations that have followed. Whose American Revolution Was It? speaks both to the ways diverse groups of Americans who lived through the Revolution might have answered that question and to the different ways historians through the decades have interpreted the Revolution for our own time. As the only volume to offer an accessible and sweeping discussion of the period’s historiography and its historians,Whose American Revolution Was It? is an essential reference for anyone studying early American history. The first section, by Alfred F. Young, begins in 1925 with historian J. Franklin Jameson and takes the reader through the successive schools of interpretation up to the 1990s. The second section, by Gregory H. Nobles, focuses primarily on the ways present-day historians have expanded our understanding of the broader social history of the Revolution, bringing onto the stage farmers and artisans, who made up the majority of white men, as well as African Americans, Native Americans, and women of all social classes.

Radical Equations

Civil Rights from Mississippi to the Algebra Project

Author: Robert Moses,Charles E. Cobb

Publisher: Beacon Press

ISBN: 0807031690

Category: Education

Page: 256

View: 663


At a time when popular solutions to the educational plight of poor children of color are imposed from the outside-national standards, high-stakes tests, charismatic individual saviors-the acclaimed Algebra Project and its founder, Robert Moses, offer a vision of school reform based in the power of communities. Begun in 1982, the Algebra Project is transforming math education in twenty-five cities. Founded on the belief that math-science literacy is a prerequisite for full citizenship in society, the Project works with entire communities-parents, teachers, and especially students-to create a culture of literacy around algebra, a crucial stepping-stone to college math and opportunity. Telling the story of this remarkable program, Robert Moses draws on lessons from the 1960s Southern voter registration he famously helped organize: 'Everyone said sharecroppers didn't want to vote. It wasn't until we got them demanding to vote that we got attention. Today, when kids are falling wholesale through the cracks, people say they don't want to learn. We have to get the kids themselves to demand what everyone says they don't want.' We see the Algebra Project organizing community by community. Older kids serve as coaches for younger students and build a self-sustained tradition of leadership. Teachers use innovative techniques. And we see the remarkable success stories of schools like the predominately poor Hart School in Bessemer, Alabama, which outscored the city's middle-class flagship school in just three years. Radical Equations provides a model for anyone looking for a community-based solution to the problems of our disadvantaged schools. From the Trade Paperback edition.


His Life and Times, and the Making of Modern Paris

Author: Michel Carmona

Publisher: Ivan R Dee


Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 516

View: 7944


Chronicles the life of modern Paris's influential architect against a backdrop of nineteenth-century European society, from his entry into civic administration in the face of urban problems to his reign as Prefect of the Seine during the "Haussmannization" of Paris.

Walking in the City with Jane

A Story of Jane Jacobs

Author: Susan Hughes

Publisher: Kids Can Press Ltd

ISBN: 1525300636

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 36

View: 6075


How one committed woman changed the way we think about cities. Jane Jacobs was always a keen observer of her community. When she moved to New York City and began to explore it, she figured out that, just like in nature, the city was an ecosystem. And all its different parts Ñ from sidewalks and parks, to stores and, of course, people Ñ were necessary to keep the city healthy and thriving. So, when urban planner Robert Moses wanted to build highways that would destroy neighborhoods Ñ the lifeblood of New York Ñ Jane fought back. And won! Kids will be inspired to notice the Òsidewalk balletÓ around them and to protect what makes their communities Ñ and their cities Ñ great!

Everyone is Watching

Author: Megan Bradbury

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 1509809775

Category: Fiction

Page: N.A

View: 5401


'Beautiful, kaleidoscopic . . . everyone should be watching Megan Bradbury from now on' Eimear McBride, Baileys Prize-winning author of A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing New York: A city that inspires. A city that draws people in. A city where everyone is watching, waiting to see what will happen next. 1967. Robert Mapplethorpe knows he is an artist. From his childhood home in Queens he yearns for the heat and excitement of the city, the press of other people's bodies. He wants to be watched, he wants to be known. 1891. Walt Whitman has already found fame, and has settled into his own sort of old age. Still childlike, still passionate, he travels with his friend and biographer Bucke to the city he has always adored, the scene of his greatest triumphs and rejections. 1922. Robert Moses is a man with a vision. Standing on the edge of Long Island he knows what it could become. Walking down a street in Brooklyn he sees its future. He is the man who will build modern New York. 2013. Edmund White is back in New York. It's the city of his youth, of his life and loves. He remembers days of lazy pleasure, nights of ecstasy and euphoria. But years have gone by since then. Everyone is Watching is a novel about the men and women who have defined New York. Through the lives and perspectives of these great creators, artists and thinkers, and through other iconic works of art that capture its essence, New York itself solidifies. Complex, rich, sordid, tantalizing, it is constantly changing and evolving. Both intimate and epic in its sweep, Everyone is Watching is a love letter to New York and its people - past, present and future.

Becoming Jane Jacobs

Author: Peter L. Laurence

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 0812247884

Category: Architecture

Page: 376

View: 1930


Jane Jacobs is universally recognized as one of the key figures in American urbanism. The author of The Death and Life of Great American Cities, she uncovered the complex and intertwined physical and social fabric of the city and excoriated the urban renewal policies of the 1950s. As the legend goes, Jacobs, a housewife, single-handedly stood up to Robert Moses, New York City's powerful master builder, and other city planners who sought first to level her Greenwich Village neighborhood and then to drive a highway through it. Jacobs's most effective weapons in these David-versus-Goliath battles, and in writing her book, were her powers of observation and common sense. What is missing from such discussions and other myths about Jacobs, according to Peter L. Laurence, is a critical examination of how she arrived at her ideas about city life. Laurence shows that although Jacobs had only a high school diploma, she was nevertheless immersed in an elite intellectual community of architects and urbanists. Becoming Jane Jacobs is an intellectual biography that chronicles Jacobs's development, influences, and writing career, and provides a new foundation for understanding Death and Life and her subsequent books. Laurence explains how Jacobs's ideas developed over many decades and how she was influenced by members of the traditions she was critiquing, including Architectural Forum editor Douglas Haskell, shopping mall designer Victor Gruen, housing advocate Catherine Bauer, architect Louis Kahn, Philadelphia city planner Edmund Bacon, urban historian Lewis Mumford, and the British writers at The Architectural Review. Rather than discount the power of Jacobs's critique or contributions, Laurence asserts that Death and Life was not the spontaneous epiphany of an amateur activist but the product of a professional writer and experienced architectural critic with deep knowledge about the renewal and dynamics of American cities.

The City in History

Its Origins, Its Transformations, and Its Prospects

Author: Lewis Mumford

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780156180351

Category: History

Page: 657

View: 9369


An examination of Cities of the Western world tracing their development from Egypt through the Middle Ages to the present

"Building Like Moses with Jacobs in Mind"

Contemporary Planning in New York City

Author: Scott Larson

Publisher: Temple University Press

ISBN: 1439909717

Category: Architecture

Page: 192

View: 6676


The antagonism between urbanist and writer Jane Jacobs and master builder Robert Moses may frame debates over urban form, but in "Building Like Moses with Jacobs in Mind," Scott Larson aims to use the Moses-Jacobs rivalry as a means for examining and understanding the New York City administration's redevelopment strategies and actions. By showing how the Bloomberg administration's plans borrow selectively from Moses' and Jacobs' writing, Larson lays bare the contradictions buried in such rhetoric and argues that there can be no equitable solution to the social and economic goals for redevelopment in New York City with such a strategy. "Building Like Moses with Jacobs in Mind" offers a lively critique that shows how the legacies of these two planners have been interpreted—and reinterpreted—over time and with the evolution of urban space. Ultimately, he makes the case that neither figure offers a meaningful model for addressing stubborn problems—poverty, lack of affordable housing, and segregation along class and racial lines—that continue to vex today's cities.