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

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Random House, 2011 - Social Science - 231 pages
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The rivalry of Jane Jacobs and Robert Moses, a struggle for the soul of a city, is one of the most dramatic and consequential in modern American history. To a young Jane Jacobs, Greenwich Village, with its winding cobblestone streets and diverse makeup, was everything a city neighborhood should be. But consummate power broker Robert Moses, the father of many of New York’s most monumental development projects, thought neighborhoods like Greenwich Village were badly in need of “urban renewal.” Standing up against government plans for the city, Jacobs marshaled popular support and political power against Moses, whether to block traffic through her beloved Washington Square Park or to prevent the construction of the Lower Manhattan Expressway, an elevated superhighway that would have destroyed centuries-old streetscapes and displaced thousands of families. By confronting Moses and his vision, Jacobs forever changed the way Americans understood the city. Her story reminds us of the power we have as individuals to confront and defy reckless authority.

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User Review  - JHFrazier - LibraryThing

This book tries, and succeeds, to do many things at once. It is a biography of Jane Jacobs the author, journalist, activist and mother who helped redefine urban planning and cities themselves. It is ... Read full review

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User Review  - bezoar44 - LibraryThing

Jane Jacobs, author, thinker, and neighborhood activist, passed away in 2006. This book, published in 2010, offers a sympathetic biography, with a particular focus on her involvement in three ... Read full review


one The Girl from Scranton
tii REE The Battle of Washington Square Park
room Urban Renewal in Greenwich Village

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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 at The Boston Globe for sixteen years. He is the author of This Land: The Battle Over Sprawl and the Future of America. He lives in Boston.

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