If anything is evident from the massive footprint Robert Moses left on New York City, it’s evidence of an ego that didn’t like to lose. From the hills of Inwood to the tolls of the Tri-Borough Bridge, Robert Moses was most often victorious; except when he wasn’t. Urban philosopher and activist Jane Jacobs had a hand in almost every campaign that successfully shut down Robert Moses’ plans. As part of the 2012 Jane Jacobs Walk series, take a tour of the sites where the two great minds battled.
Join Roberta Brandes Gratz, author of Battle For Gotham: New York in the Shadow of Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs, for a tour of the few times our activist forbearers got the best of Mr. Moses. The tour will visit Washington Square Park, and the road that was never built through it; SoHo, and the Lower Manhattan Expressway that would have destroyed the neighborhood, along with nearby Chinatown and Little Italy; plus West Village Houses, and the planned “Urban Renewal” that would have demolished 14 city blocks.