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February 1, 2007

"Time to build again," as Moses controversy gets airing

Atlantic Yards Report recaps the discussion on yesterday's Brian Lehrer show about the legacy of Robert Moses.

RobertMoses-AYR.jpg“New York is in the biggest building boom since the heyday of Robert Moses,” as WNYC radio host Brian Lehrer put it on his show yesterday. One of the questions was whether Deputy Mayor Dan Doctoroff is today’s Robert Moses, given major projects like Shea Stadium, Atlantic Yards, and the construction of the Second Avenue subway.

Lehrer posed that to Majora Carter, founder and executive director of Sustainable South Bronx, who observed that “everyone has a little bit of Moses in them…. But I do think it would be wise for the Bloomberg administration to pay a bit more attention to where people are coming from…. I think it would be great if we didn’t take that kind of Moses-like attitude any further than it’s already gone.”

Carter was speaking of her neighborhood, but some in Brooklyn faced with the Atlantic Yards project would have echoed her concerns. Still, Doctoroff was unable to appear on the program—he’ll be on a panel today sponsored by the Museum of the City of New York—which instead focused on the battle over Moses’s legacy.
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Given the run-up—the exclusion of Robert Caro, author of the epic Moses biography, The Power Broker, from the main panel and symposium—the discussion yesterday was notably decorous, despite some provocative points.

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Posted by lumi at February 1, 2007 8:18 AM