Wrestling with Moses How Jane Jacobs Took on New York's Master Builder and Transformed the American City

ISBN-10: 1400066743
ISBN-13: 9781400066742
Edition: 2009
Authors: Anthony Flint
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List price: $32.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Random House of Canada, Limited
Publication date: 7/28/2009
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 256
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

The David-and-Goliath story of legendary activist Jane Jacobs's clash with "power broker" Robert Moses, an urban planning battle that forever changed the way we look at cities In 1968, journalist, activist, and writer Jane Jacobs ripped up a stenographer's notes during a public hearing and was charged with inciting a riot. The hearing concerned the proposed Lower Manhattan Expressway, a 350-foot wide, fifty-foot-high viaduct that would have linked the East and West sides of Manhattan. The expressway was the final puzzle piece in urban planning giant Robert Moses's vision of a New York City designed to accommodate traffic. But to Jacobs, it was a destructive force that would bruise vital neighborhoods and push out nearly 2,000 families and 800 businesses. The battle between Jacobs and Moses had begun years earlier when Jacobs successfully thwarted Moses's plan to direct traffic through Washington Square Park in the West Village. As a result of these battles, Moses would lose most of the power and influence he had wielded for so long. By successfully confronting Moses, Jacobs forever changed the way Americans viewed the cityas a living, breathing organism rather than a threat that needed to be controlledand inspired citizens across the country to protest destructive urban "renewal" projects. Wrestling with Mosesis a tale of a local battle with national significance, that reminds us of the power of the individual to confront and defy authority.

Anthony Flint is the director of public affairs at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, a think-tank on land and development issues located in Cambridge, MA, and was a reporter atThe Boston Globefor sixteen years. He is the author ofThis Land: The Battle Over Sprawl and the Future of America. He lives in Boston. From the Hardcover edition.

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