It's really no surprise that because of the way things are going, that there is a push by some Columbia University prefessors to rehabilitate the image of Robert Moses. While the man did do admirable things, he also destroyed neighborhoods. The Long Island Expressway cut communities in half only to make them 24 hour parking lots.
A Town Revived, a Villain Redeemed
...the pendulum may have swung too far; we may have become too timid, too frightened of attempting any large public works. Consider Westway, or the rail freight tunnel, or various garbage-incinerating plants, or the Gehry Guggenheim design for West Houston Street, all worthy ideas shot down by neighborhood opposition.
There are several large large public works that the majority of people seem to be accepting. A new passenger rail tunnel between Jersey and Manhattan, the 2nd Avenue subway, extension of the 7 line, new stadiums for the Mets and Yankees.
Are we supposed to accept every project? Maybe the people themselves really are the ones who know what's best and should have the most say over what is put in their backyards. When people blindly accept everything the government tells them is good for them without questioning it, you get a situation similar to the one found in Germany in the 1930s.
Photo from the NY Times.