Magazine April 19, 2010, Issue

The Sins of Moses

The New York City skyline (Lucas Jackson/Reuters)
The Battle for Gotham: New York in the Shadow of Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs, by Roberta Brandes Gratz (Nation, 400 pp., $27.95)

Walk around the streets of New York City today, and you will experience one of the great American success stories of the last quarter century. New York, like much of urban America, was written off in the wake of the social and economic upheavals of the 1960s and 1970s. Even as late as the early 1990s, decline was in the air. New York Times reporter Sam Roberts has called 1990 “The Year New York Lived Really Dangerously.” In 1992, New York Review of Books editor Jason Epstein saw New York as a dying city. Barring a federal bailout, Epstein worried,

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