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  • The Battle for Gotham
  • Roberta Brandes Gratz
  • English
  • 01 August 2019
  • 9781568584386

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summary The Battle for Gotham Roberta Brandes Gratz ↠ 3 free read review The Battle for Gotham 103 In the 1970s New York City hit rock bottom Crime was at its highest the middle class exodus was in high gear and bankruptcy loomed Many people credit New York’s “master builder” Robert Moses with turning Gotham around despite his brutal undemocratic and demolition heavy waysUrban critic and journalist Roberta Brandes Gratz contradict. This book consists of three intertwined strands none of which I found very satisfying The first is criticism of Robert Moses that is largely cribbed from Caro s monumental biography it didn t seem that the author has any original research on this point The second is excerpts from the author s conversations with or reflections on Jane Jacobs in some cases she publishes almost entire conversations without editing While I m interested in Jane Jacobs I don t think reading whole paragraphs of her unedited thoughts is the best strategy for conveying about her life and philosophy The third strand and the best is the author s own memoirs about her life in New York and her experiences around various urban renewal and preservation uestions Still it s not enough to make this a fully fleshed out narrative The book proceeds slowly and in fits and starts and it s never clear where it s heading Tregime për kecin bardhosh rock bottom Crime was at its highest the middle class exodus was in high gear and bankruptcy loomed Many people credit New York’s “master builder” Robert Moses with turning Gotham around despite his brutal undemocratic and demolition heavy waysUrban critic and journalist Roberta Brandes Gratz contradict. This book consists of three intertwined strands none of which I found very satisfying The first is criticism of Robert Moses that is largely cribbed from Caro s monumental biography it didn t seem that the author has any original Sexy Sporty Romance research on this point The second is excerpts from the author s conversations with or Inspiring Progress: Religions' Contributions to Sustainable Development reflections on Jane Jacobs in some cases she publishes almost entire conversations without editing While I m interested in Jane Jacobs I don t think Kumpulan Cerpen Tapuk-Tapuk bawah Daun reading whole paragraphs of her unedited thoughts is the best strategy for conveying about her life and philosophy The third strand and the best is the author s own memoirs about her life in New York and her experiences around various urban Perpustakaan Dalam Islam renewal and preservation uestions Still it s not enough to make this a fully fleshed out narrative The book proceeds slowly and in fits and starts and it s never clear where it s heading

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summary The Battle for Gotham Roberta Brandes Gratz ↠ 3 free read review The Battle for Gotham 103 S this conventional view New York City Gratz argues recovered precisely because of the waning power of Moses His decline in the late 1960s and the drying up of big government funding for urban renewal projects allowed New York to organically regenerate according to the precepts defined by Jane Jacobs in her classic The Death and Life of Gr. I m not sure I ve ever rated a book below 4 stars And I m not sure I d ever try and write a book in the shadow or Robert Caro that s a risky plan If this had been focused on the authors personal journey it likely would have better reviews I m not sure how I came to read this book but in the future perhaps I ll pay attention to reviews in advance

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summary The Battle for Gotham Roberta Brandes Gratz ↠ 3 free read review The Battle for Gotham 103 Eat American Cities and in contradiction to Moses’s urban philosophyAs American cities face a devastating economic crisis Jacobs’s philosophy is again vital for the redevelopment of metropolitan life Gratz who was named as one of Planetizen’s Top 100 Urban Thinkers gives an on the ground account of urban renewal and community success. Robert Moses was the towering figure of public works in the New York of my youth I swam at his Jones Beach with its gorgeous bathhouses and boardwalk that felt like a stroll on the deck of a luxury liner It seems Moses shaped the entire waterfront including the crests of the waves I was driven on his parkways Belt to see grandma Meadowbrook to get to Jones Beach He shaped the 1963 World s Fair a money loser and eventually gained control of a half dozen public agencies The Moses name seemed to loom on every construction sign and cast a long shadow over even the egomaniac Governor Rockefeller Moses own megalomania was documented in Robert Caro s tragic biography The Power Broker a Shakespearian tale of genius gone wrong in which Moses is blamed for just about everything that went wrong with American cities and suburbs after WW II misbegotten public housing decaying public transit numbing sprawl traffic jams you name it Jane Jacobs was his foil an autodidactic Greenwich Village housewife who became a writer for Architectural Record and ultimately of The Death and Life of American Cities a polemic in defense of the small spontaneous and neighborly rather than the planned megaproject Jacobs book remains a classic 50 years later while Moses despite some efforts to rehab his reputation is largely reviled as the devil of top down arrogant urban soul sucking planning Like Godzilla vs Mothra the two titans faced off in Greenwich Village in the early 1960s The forces of Jacobs triumphed over a Moses highway scheme and today we have an intact SoHo to show for it Roberta Brandes Gratz grew up in a Greenwich Village neighborhood that was ripped down for urban renewal Her family art appreciating owners of a dry cleaning operation moved to Weston Connecticut a rural idyll that Gratz saw overrun by cookie cutter suburbia She found her way back to Manhattan by way of NYU went to work on the New York Post with Pete Hamill and Jack Newfield discovered architecture and later became a celebrated writer on architecture and planning Gratz takes a personal view of the Moses vs Jacobs debate having lived through it at close personal range This is not really an urban planning book but a charming memoir of growing up in New York and its suburbs and of a young Jewish intellectual woman coming of age during an era of powerful women who really did change the world Jacobs Rachel Carson and Betty Friedan among them As I read on I deducted stars The book becomes a repetitive recap of 1960s planning battles stories told with verve elsewhere The towering personalities of both foils are curiously missing Still I love Gratz s memoir of New York and its suburbs