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May 8, 2007

A Tale of Two Cities

The NY Times
By Michael Powell

This year's intellectual debate amongst city planners and leaders is over Robert Moses's legacy. The significance of this debate is that the attitude towards NYC's 20th-century master planner has repercussions on the shape of NYC's future — Atlantic Yards for instance:

Looking forward, the revisionists assert a broader claim: A Moses-like vision is needed to guard against another slide toward obsolescence. The transformations of Williamsburg, the Atlantic Yards tract in Brooklyn and Long Island City in Queens are harbingers of this assertive mood.


NoLandGrab: Some may characterize the current wave of development as "assertive," while others call running headfirst into historic density, eminent domain abuse and lack of sensible infrastructure planning AGGRESSIVE.

Posted by lumi at May 8, 2007 7:48 AM