November 18, 2006
Gargano, Schumer, and Robert Moses on the march of progress, now and then
Atlantic Yards Report offers up selctions from "The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York" and comes to the following conclusions:
Community Planner Ron Shiffman believes we must "grow or die," but it has to be done right. However, there are always pressures to accept the project that's been proposed rather than a different one produced by a more democratic process. That's true with Atlantic Yards, and it was trebly true in the era of Robert Moses.
The situation, of course, has become more democratic today, given that most land use policies emerge from the elected City Council. However, the unelected ESDC is set up to cut through "red tape" and prioritize Moses-style "progress" over the post-Moses "process" reforms.
Posted by amy at November 18, 2006 1:04 PM