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Robert Moses and the Making of Modern New York

For about 30 years in New York City and for 40 years in New York State, Robert Moses wielded improbable power over the physical development and character of New York City. Few of his ideas—or his prejudices—were his alone, and very similar patterns that are associated with Moses can be seen in multiple cities throughout the United States. The difference, of course, is that in other cities “master builders” seldom prevailed for so long or were quite as fiercely determined as Moses, which makes him the emblem for a whole chapter of American urban history. What was the nature of Moses’s accomplishments? How did he transform, help, or hurt his city? And what is his legacy and how does it continue to affect our lives today?

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You'll Walk Away with

  • Familiarity with the legacy of Robert Moses and the outsized impact he had on the development of New York City
  • An understanding of how and why Moses wielded power for so long

Ideal for

  • The curious and creative
  • All members of the community—working, retired, and in-between
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