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Wrestling with Moses : how Jane Jacobs took on New York's master builder and transformed the American city

Author: Anthony Flint
Publisher: New York : Random House, 2011. ©2009
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : Trade paperback editionView all editions and formats
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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,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: Jane Jacobs; Robert Moses; Jane Jacobs; Robert Moses
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Anthony Flint
ISBN: 9780812981360 0812981367
OCLC Number: 720378510
Description: xvii, 231 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 21 cm
Contents: Introduction : anarchy and order --
The girl from Scranton --
The master builder --
The battle of Washington Square Park --
Urban renewal in Greenwich village --
The lower Manhattan expressway --
Epilogue : separate ways.
Other Titles: How Jane Jacobs took on New York's master builder and transformed the American city
Responsibility: Anthony Flint.

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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"--Back cover.

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