Robert Moses and the Real Estate City: A Reexamination of the Legacy of New York\u27s Master Builder

Abstract

The history of New York City would not look the same without Robert Moses. For over three decades, the city\u27s master builder reshaped its urban landscape during an era of unprecedented top-down planning and mega-projects. The ideas of this era, once reviled, have seen a revival in the modern day, particularly in the first two decades of the twenty-first century. This essay seeks to reconcile this revival with the ongoing legacy of Robert Moses and to present an argument that such a reconciliation argues for a reconsideration of his career and his ideas

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This paper was published in Trinity College.

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