Wrestling With Moses

Wrestling With Moses

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

eBook - 2009
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Documents the 1968 clash between activist writer Jane Jacobs and urban-planning giant Robert Moses over a planned expressway in New York City, exploring how Jacobs' eventual victory reshaped the ways in which people respond to urban renewal projects.
Publisher: New York : Random House, 2009
ISBN: 9781588368621
Branch Call Number: EBOOK
Additional Contributors: OverDrive Inc


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Apr 29, 2018

A very engaging, very relevant book about two major figures in mid-century New York City: Jane Jacobs, the author of the seminal "Death and Life of Great American Cities" and the imperious, imperial city planner Robert Moses. Jacobs and Moses came to blows over specific projects, namely one to run a road through Washington Square and Jacobs's beloved Greenwich Village, but also over the very nature of what cities were for and how they should be designed. It's a debate that is very much with us today and this will be of interest to anyone who cares about cities, about "urban renewal," and about the power of concerned citizens. Obviously, you'll also want to read "Great American Cities" and the massive Moses biography, "The Power Brooker."


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