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February 2, 2007

Making omelets without breaking eggs? Doctoroff posits post-Moses era

Atlantic Yards Report

Though revisionists argue that, on balance, Robert Moses’s efforts to build infrastructure, parks, and housing were good for the city, Deputy Mayor Dan Doctoroff isn’t about to claim Moses’s mantle.

Indeed, leading off a symposium tied to three simultaneous exhibitions under the rubric Robert Moses and the Modern City, Doctoroff last night declared that, yes, Moses deserves a rethink but safely observed that the master builder was “definitely an ends over means kind of guy.”

Speaking at a panel organized by the Museum of the City of New York, Doctoroff acknowledged Moses’s insensitivity to public opinion, towers-in-the-park design, and dislocation of hundreds of thousands of people. However, asserted the deputy mayor for economic development, after Moses, for 40 years, “pretty much nothing happened” in terms of new projects and major infrastructure.
And, contra Moses, he declared, “We definitely do not believe you have to break eggs to make omelets.”


NoLandGrab: Lately, it has become fashionable to blame preservationists and the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) for the fact that "nothing happened" in the 40 post-Moses years. How soon we forget NYC's fiscal woes: taxpayers were not eager to assume more bond debt and NYC was hemorrhaging human and economic resoucres. And aren't we forgetting Ratner's crown jewel, Metrotech?

New Yorkers deserve a more complete picture to counter Doctoroff's sound bites.

Posted by lumi at February 2, 2007 7:05 AM