Wrestling with Moses: How Jane Jacobs Took On New York's Master Builder and Transformed the American Cityby Anthony Flint
Pub. Date: 07/28/2009
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
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… See more details below
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.
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Table of Contents
Introduction: Anarchy and Order xi
The Girl from Scranton 3
2 The Master Builder 31
3 The Battle of Washington Square Park 61
4 Urban Renewal in Greenwich Village 95
5 The Lower Manhattan Expressway 137
Epilogue Separate Ways 181
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Mr. Flint clearly did a good deal of research into a fascinating person, presenting her life and work in a way that gives me hope for the future of our cities. As is oftentimes the case in our country, the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. In this story it is the developers working in cahoots with our appointed public officials to tear down good neighborhoods and build concrete thoroughfares to carry ever increasing traffic. Quite timely for today's audience. My only constructive criticism for future editions is that a map or two of New York City would have been helpful to get a better picture of the neighborhoods and roads.
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