Robert Moses and the Modern City: The Transformation of New York

Robert Moses and the Modern City: The Transformation of New York

4.0 1
by Hilary Ballon
     
 

ISBN-10: 0393732436

ISBN-13: 9780393732436

Pub. Date: 09/17/2008

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

A fresh look at the greatest builder in the history of New York City and one of its most controversial figures.
“We are rebuilding New York, not dispersing and abandoning it”: Robert Moses saw himself on a rescue mission to save the city from obsolescence, decentralization, and decline. His vast building program aimed to modernize urban

…  See more details below

Overview

A fresh look at the greatest builder in the history of New York City and one of its most controversial figures.
“We are rebuilding New York, not dispersing and abandoning it”: Robert Moses saw himself on a rescue mission to save the city from obsolescence, decentralization, and decline. His vast building program aimed to modernize urban infrastructure, expand the public realm with extensive recreational facilities, remove blight, and make the city more livable for the middle class. This book offers a fresh look at the physical transformation of New York during Moses’s nearly forty-year reign over city building from 1934 to 1968.It is hard to imagine that anyone will ever have the same impact on New York as did Robert Moses. In his various roles in city and state government, he reshaped the fabric of the city, and his legacy continues to touch the lives of all New Yorkers. Revered for most of his life, he is now one of the most controversial figures in the city’s history. Robert Moses and the Modern City is the first major publication devoted to him since Robert Caro’s damning 1974 biography, The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York.In these pages eight short essays by leading scholars of urban history provide a revised perspective; stunning new photographs offer the first visual record of Moses’s far-reaching building program as it stands today; and a comprehensive catalog of his works is illustrated with a wealth of archival records: photographs of buildings, neighborhoods, and landscapes, of parks, pools, and playgrounds, of demolished neighborhoods and replacement housing and urban renewal projects, of bridges and highways; renderings of rejected designs and controversial projects that were defeated; and views of spectacular models that have not been seen since Moses made them for promotional purposes.Robert Moses and the Modern City captures research undertaken in the last three decades and will stimulate a new round of debate.

Read More

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393732436
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
09/17/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
387,260
Product dimensions:
9.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Robert Moses projects : a portfolio Andrew Moore Moore, Andrew 7

Robert Moses and the rise of New York : the power broker in perspective Kenneth T. Jackson Jackson, Kenneth T. 67

Equipping the public realm : rethinking Robert Moses and Recreation Marta Gutman Gutman, Marta 72

Rebuilding New York in the auto age : Robert Moses and his highways Owen D. Gutfreund Gutfreund, Owen D. 86

Robert Moses and urban renewal : the title I program Hilary Ballon Ballon, Hilary 94

Robert Moses, race, and the limits of an activist state Martha Biondi Biondi, Martha 116

Revolt of the urbs : Robert Moses and his critics Robert Fishman Fishman, Robert 122

Robert Moses and city planning Joel Schwartz Schwartz, Joel 130

Catalog of built work and projects in New York city, 1934-1968 134

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >