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The Battle for Gotham: New York in the Shadow of Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs
     

The Battle for Gotham: New York in the Shadow of Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs

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by Roberta Brandes Gratz
 

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In the 1970s, New York City hit rock bottom. Crime was at its highest, middleclass exodus was in high gear, and bankruptcy loomed. Many people credit New York's “master builder,” Robert Moses, with turning Gotham around, despite his heavy-handed ways. Roberta Brandes Gratz contradicts this conventional view. She argues that New York City recovered

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In the 1970s, New York City hit rock bottom. Crime was at its highest, middleclass exodus was in high gear, and bankruptcy loomed. Many people credit New York's “master builder,” Robert Moses, with turning Gotham around, despite his heavy-handed ways. Roberta Brandes Gratz contradicts this conventional view. She argues that New York City recovered precisely because of the waning power of Moses and the growing influence of Jane Jacobs, the pioneer of organic renewal projects.

As American cities face a new economic crisis, Jacobs's philosophy is again vital for metropolitan life. Gratz gives an on-the-ground account of urban renewal and community success. Her writing—at once personal, political, and instructive—breaks down how the impossible was achieved.

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New York Times
"[A] profoundly personal account of Moses's bulldozer diplomacy and its consequences for today...[Gratz] writes eloquently of her childhood in Greenwich Village, and then proves her point...Readers might not share her conclusions, but can't help being impressed with her reporting."

Boston Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781568586786
Publisher:
Nation Books
Publication date:
09/06/2011
Edition description:
First Trade Paper Edition
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
1,186,781
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
13 - 18 Years

Meet the Author


Roberta Brandes Gratz is an award-winning journalist, urban critic, and author whose articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times Magazine, Nation, and Daily News, among others. She lives in New York City.

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The Battle for Gotham: New York in the Shadow of Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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