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

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"We are rebuilding New York, not dispersing and abandoning it": 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 nearly forty-year reign over city building from 1934 to 1968.

It is hard to imagine that anyone will ever have the same impact on New York as did Robert Moses. In his various roles in city and state government, he reshaped the fabric of the city, and his legacy continues to touch the lives of all New Yorkers. Revered for most of his life, he is now one of the most controversial figures in the city's history. Robert Moses and the Modern City is the first major publication devoted to him since Robert Caro's damning 1974 biography, The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York.

In these pages eight short essays by leading scholars of urban history provide a revised perspective; stunning new photographs offer the first visual record of Moses's far-reaching building program as it stands today; and a comprehensive catalog of his works is illustrated with a wealth of archival records: photographs of buildings, neighborhoods, and landscapes, of parks, pools, and playgrounds, of demolished neighborhoods and replacement housing and urban renewal projects, of bridges and highways; renderings of rejected designs and controversial projects that were defeated; and views of spectacular models that have not been seen since Moses made them for promotional purposes.

Robert Moses and the Modern City captures research undertaken in the last three decades and will stimulate a new round of debate.

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A fresh look at the greatest builder in the history of New York City and one of its most controversial figures.

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"As if Willa Cather had decided to tell the whole truth....We are captured by her craft."—John Leonard, New York Times

Long out of print, Chamber Music is Doris Grumbach's masterpiece. The Pushcart Press is honored to bring her novel back on the occasion of her ninetieth birthday. In her extraordinary tale, Grumbach re-creates the aura of turn-of-the-century Frankfurt, Boston, and Saratoga Springs—an age when private passions were hidden below the surfaces of public selves.

About the Author

Hilary Ballon, professor in the Department of Art History at Columbia University, lives in Englewood, New Jersey.
Kenneth T. Jacksonis the Jacques Barzun Professor of History at Columbia University and a former president of the Urban History Association, the Society of American Historians, the Organization of American Historians, and the New-York Historical Society.

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9780393732436
Author:
Ballon, Hilary
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Editor:
Jackson, Kenneth T.
Author:
Jackson, Kenneth T.
Subject:
History
Subject:
United States - State & Local - Middle Atlantic
Subject:
Planning
Subject:
Public, Commercial, or Industrial Buildings
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Buildings - Public, Commercial & Industrial
Subject:
Moses, Robert
Subject:
City planners - New York (State) - New York -
Subject:
World History-General
Publication Date:
20080931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
10 x 10.1 x 1 in 3.19 lb

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Product details 336 pages W. W. Norton & Company - English 9780393732436 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , A fresh look at the greatest builder in the history of New York City and one of its most controversial figures.
"Synopsis" by , "As if Willa Cather had decided to tell the whole truth....We are captured by her craft."—John Leonard, New York Times

Long out of print, Chamber Music is Doris Grumbach's masterpiece. The Pushcart Press is honored to bring her novel back on the occasion of her ninetieth birthday. In her extraordinary tale, Grumbach re-creates the aura of turn-of-the-century Frankfurt, Boston, and Saratoga Springs—an age when private passions were hidden below the surfaces of public selves.

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