At a Glance
More than 50 years since he lost his power and over forty years since his passing, the name Robert Moses still evokes strong reactions. Explore the enduring legacy of Robert Moses, a central figure in shaping the New York Metropolitan area during the 1920s-1960s. Was he a master builder or a master villain? Was he a force for rational regional development or a vile racist? From the 1920s through the 1960s, no one has had a greater impact on the development of the New York Metropolitan area in the fields of Transportation, Housing, Parks and Urban Renewal than Robert Moses. One’s opinion of the man and his works during these decades often depended on which side of the bulldozer one was standing. Through recent scholarship, interviews and a visual journey into vintage photographs, architectural renderings and maps, we will seek to understand the historic context and the diverse opinions that contribute to the Moses Myth.