What projects did Robert Moses deliver?


Robert Moses, a highly influential figure in urban development, delivered several significant projects in New York City. Some of his notable contributions include:

  1. Cross Bronx Expressway: This major highway had a profound impact on the city, despite the controversy over its routing and the displacement it caused.
  2. Verrazano-Narrows Bridge: At the time of its completion, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world, significantly transforming the connectivity and landscape of New York City.
  3. Long Island Expressway: This project enhanced economic connectivity by linking major hubs, creating a valuable infrastructure asset with substantial welfare benefits cited to be over $719 million annually.
  4. Playgrounds and Public Works: Beyond grand structures, Moses was responsible for the creation of more than 700 playgrounds. He also had a significant impact on public works through his ability to manage and complete large-scale projects quickly, benefiting from his powerful position and influence within the government and financial sectors.

These projects, while often criticized for their social impact and the methods by which they were carried out, also underscore Moses's focus on enhancing urban infrastructure to accommodate vehicular traffic, aligning with the mid-20th century American car culture [1 2 3].

Shifting Perspectives

Explore the changing attitudes towards driving among teenagers and the impact of Robert Moses' projects on New York City. Kenneth defends Moses' controversial decisions, highlighting the transformative effects of projects like the Cross Bronx Expressway and the Verizono Narrows Bridge. The discussion delves into the scale of Moses' achievements and the criticism he faced for prioritizing progress over individual hardships.

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