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Are Cities Dead?

Robert Moses

Robert Moses, an urban planner and lifelong New York City bureaucrat, is among the most polarizing men in the history of his field, and counted more than 75,000 employees under his command at the height of his power. Supporters of Mr. Moses argue that he is responsible for bringing to New York City infrastructure required for its growth in the post World War II era, whereas his critics especially detest his preference for cars rather than public transit -- his example influenced planners across the United States to build their cities around the automobile. In this January 1962 piece, Mr. Moses launches an attack on his critics, especially Lewis Mumford, a staunch critic of urban sprawl.

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