SOURCE: The Baffler
Robert Moses is Dead. Making Him a Bogeyman Keeps Planners from Understanding Racism
By condemning the big projects Moses favored, planners excuse their own involvement in perpetuating the idea that some neighborhoods and some residents are more valuable than others.
SOURCE: Washington Post
Fact Check: History of Robert Moses's Parkways Shows Racist Intent of Bridge Height is Not Certain
Pete Buttigieg's remarks racism in urban planning were informed by Robert Caro's biography of Robert Moses. Some historians say that while Moses's projects harmed minority communities and his prejudices well-known, the specific anedcote about using parkway bridges to keep buses full of Black New Yorkers from Long Island beaches may be apocryphal.
SOURCE: Washington Post
Sometimes it Comes in Handy to Understand Historical Examples of Systemic Racism
by Philip Bump
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg's references to racism in design and planning drew mockery from Republicans but reflect the history of political choices that shaped America's transportation networks.
SOURCE: The Nation
Remembering Bob Moses, 1935–2021
by Margaret Burnham
Robert Moses's commitment to grassroots democratic organizing was best expressed through listening rather than speaking, and purposeful following rather than leading.
SOURCE: The New Yorker
Robert Caro Reflects on Robert Moses, L.B.J., and His Own Career in Nonfiction
He’s just published a book called “Working.” It’s a gift, a collection of interviews and essays that talk about the craft of what he does.
Video of the Week: "Citizen Jane: Battle for the City”
A film about the battle between Jane Jacobs and Robert Moses
SOURCE: The Daily Beast
‘The Power Broker’ Turns 40: How Robert Caro Wrote a Masterpiece
Forty years ago today, Caro’s magisterial 1,296-page life of New York master builder Robert Moses rewrote the rules of biography.
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