Tuesday, January 30, 2007
The pendulum swings the other way
Two good pieces in the New Yorker and New York Times recently on the Robert Moses-mania sweeping the city in the form of three (count 'em) museum exhibits on the man whom Jane Jacobs stared down so famously. The general revisionist thinking? The guy wasn't so bad after all. Easy to say now that both subject and object in the famous "Ford to City: Drop Dead" headline -- the almost-bankrupt NYC and the ex-president -- are history, and large-scale development is de rigeur once more. While each article covers some of the same ground, I found them enlightening to read in tandem. I'm going to attempt to check out the City Museum exhibit first when I have some time and then go from there.