March 16, 2005
CHINA WALL OF TRAFFIC: the wisdom of Robert Moses?
Currents met at the crossing of Atlantic and Flatbush avenues downtown. Two subway lines join there, alongside the Long Island Railroad Depot, the tallest building in Brooklyn and the Acadamy of Music. But along Atlantic Avenue wholesale meat markets led toward slums. Condemnation proceedings begun by the Sports Authority could clear land there. O'Malley peddled Ebbets Field for $3 million, sold two minor league parks at $1 million and announced that he was prepared to put the $5 million in to a stadium in downtown Brooklyn. Robert Moses, politician, urban planner, said the stadium would create "a China wall of traffic." Until he measured Moses' power and found it greater than his, O'Malley says he did not intend to move the Dodgers.
Roger Kahn, "The Boys of Summer," page 429
(book about the Brooklyn Dodgers)
Posted by lumi at March 16, 2005 2:14 PM