Thursday, September 3, 2009

Profile: Robert Moses

Those readers who are too young to remember (or old enough to have forgotten) what New York City was like before the mid-90's rebirth need only to go rent "Escape from New York" (or listen to Billy Joel's "Miami 2017," for that matter) and realize that this result was considered fairly inevitable at the time.

While it would be unfair to give Robert Moses full credit for what befell Manhattan (other cities suffered similar violence and economic depression in the late 70s and early 80s), it's also naive to simply ignore his significant contribution to that sad state of affairs. The NYC that stands today--unrecognizable to the 1970s visionary in that it is still standing--exists despite Moses' contributions, not because of them.

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