Robert Moses Meets His Match

This video is about two people who, arguably, had more of an impact on the course of urban planning than any others—Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs.

Robert Moses was the so-called ‘master builder’ of New York City. As the head of many public authorities he was responsible for much of the automobile infrastructure in New York City built between 1930 and 1960. It could almost be said that Moses need met a freeway proposal he didn’t like, or a neighborhood he did. Ironically Moses never had a driver’s license.

It was Moses’ plans for a Lower Manhattan Expressway in 1962 that Jane Jacobs perhaps was most famous for opposing. Their battle is covered in the second half of this 8 minute video.The video was produced by John Elias and Peter Baum in 2008. (via Planning Commissioners Journal)

Yuri Artibise

Yuri Artibise is an experienced policy analyst, community engagement practitioner and social media specialist. I have a Master of Public Administration degree with over 10 years of public policy research, analysis, and advocacy experience.