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Robert Moses vs Jane Jacobs-Two Perceptions of New York City

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Transcript of Robert Moses vs Jane Jacobs-Two Perceptions of New York City

Two Perceptions of New York City "As a sentimental concept, "neighborhood" is harmful to city planning. It leads to attempts at warping city life into imitations of town and surburban life. Sentimentality plays with sweet intentions and places of good sense." Jane Jacobs vs Robert Moses Neighborhood "Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when they are created by everybody" "[jane] jacobs believed in big projects: mass transit and boulevards that strenghtened the city, not massive highways through neighborhoods that weakeend it; transit-accessible big parks and neighborhood-based parks that were gathering places, not acres of fenced-in green space with towers in the middle: a vast school and health care system; and cultural venues that added to the whole in a big way by reinforcing the parts in a small way.Most of all, she believed in a genuine public process that encouraged citizens to help shape their community, not just testify about it" The Life and Death of Great American Cities Moses grasped the city as a whole. Although he was oriented to the automobile, his preferred point of view for planing was from the sky, where people disappeared from sight and the city appeared as a physical tapestry of land, masses, waterways and structures.
[Moses] mission was to modernize the metropolis and keep it strong, and he dismissed as a necessary cost of progress the damage inflicted by public works on neighborhoods and people" Neighborhood Parks

Sidewalks and Safety postwar building programs:

Interstate highways

Urban renewal

Public Housing "Neighborhood Parks fail to substitute in any way for plentiful city diversity. Those that are successful never serve as barriers or as interruptions to the intricate functioning of the city around them. Rather, they help to knit together diverse surrounding functions by giving them a pleasant joint facility; in the process they add another appreciated element to the diversity and give something baclk to their surroundings..." "The ability of a neighborhood park to stimulate passionate attachment or, conversely, only apathy, seems to have little or nothing to do with the incomes or occupations of a population in a district" Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when they are created by everybody"
Jane Jacobs Big Projects Jane Jabobs on Neighborhood Parks
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