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

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

by Hilary Ballon
     
 

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… See more details below

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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 thirty-four-year reign over city building from 1934 to 1968.

Editorial Reviews

Sandy Isenstadt - ART Bulletin
“[S]uccinct, well-illustrated essays, an impressive catalog of projects, a bibliography, and a series of newly commissioned photographs…”
Alastair Donald - Urban Design
“The considerable research that has gone into producing this book pays dividends in the fascinating detail and images.”
R. Longstreth
“[A]ffords new insights into a stunning and complex career but does not gloss over Moses's shortcomings.”
Bob Hoover - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“Those who care about urban life and its American history will find [this book] an essential source of…information and pleasure.”
The New Republic
“[A] responsible effort to place Moses in his time, to record all of his work in New York City carefully and critically.”
Church Building Magazine
“A fresh look at the physical transformation of New York during Moses' 34 year reign.”
Journal of Design History
“[A] stunning portfolio of over 50 pages of large color photographs….seven excellent essays on various aspects of the Moses legacy....an extensive catalog of specific Moses projects, a few never built, including photographs and detailed text focused on site planning, architectural design, and construction history. Urban scholars will be well served by the extensive reference notes, bibliography, and index….This important book deserves a wide audience among urbanists.”
Marshall Berman - The Architect's Newspaper
“[B]eautifully illustrated. . . . with Andrew Moore's delicious portfolio of large color photos.”
Florida InsideOut
“Essential reading for urban planners, and a refutation of Robert Caro's great 1975 book, The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York.”
Bpd: Blueprint Directory
“[S]mart, insightful essays offering new perspectives on Moses's legendarily ambitious aims and the politics of city building.”
Howard Kissel - New York Daily News
“[E]xcellent.”
Wall Street Journal
“[E]xcellent book of essays.”
The New York Times
“[A] wonderfully insightful new book.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393732061
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
02/26/2007
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
812,220
Product dimensions:
10.40(w) x 10.30(h) x 1.20(d)

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