Jane Jacobs vs. Robert Moses: How Stands the Debate Today?

Jane Jacobs vs. Robert Moses: How Stands the Debate Today?
Recorded: October 11, 2006

Jane Jacobs’ death in 2006 triggered many conversations about her legacy to New York. In particular, people have been mulling the question of whose urban vision—hers, or that of her arch opponent, Robert Moses—dominates Gotham’s approaches to city building today. A conversation among historians, architects, planners, politicians, community activists and developers explored the issue.

Panelists included: Hilary Ballon, Professor at the Department of Art History and Archaeology, Columbia University; Amanda Burden, Director of the Department of City Planning, and Chair of the City Planning Commission; Richard Kahan, President and Founder of the Urban Assembly, former President of the New York State Urban Development Corporation and former Chairman of the Battery Park City Authority; Brad Lander, Director of PICCED and Visiting Assistant Professor at Pratt Institute; Nicolai Ouroussoff, Architecture Critic for The New York Times; Michael Sorkin, Director of the Graduate Urban Design Program at City College of New York and Principal at Michael Sorkin Studio; and Samuel Zipp, Visiting Assistant Professor of History at the University of California-Irvine.

Co-sponsored by Gotham Center for New York City History and the Graduate Urban Design Program, City College of New York.