City planner Robert Moses appears obsessed with his power and authority such that he publicly denounces through television interviews and newspaper editorials anyone who is opposed to what he calls inevitable progress. Moses is responsible for re-developing existing large city neighborhoods and when he is opposed he simply uses the threat of Federal intervention to proceed with his re-building. Whole neighborhoods are told to move out in the next 90 days, and then one woman community activist Jane Jacobs, fought tooth and nail to stop Moses latest major project, the Lower Manhattan Expressway. Jane Jacobs persistence has the public support as well as political support such that the Lower Manhattan Expressway project is cancelled, and it leads to the creation of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, ensuring the survival of New York's most architecturally important buildings and neighborhoods. It is also the time period of an influx of southern African-Americans moved ...
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In this episode, when Robert A. Caro
is discussing the Cross Bronx Expressway, he is speaking from the Jesup Avenue overpass, the middle of three overpasses between University Avenue and Jerome Avenue (the other two are Nelson Avenue and Macombs Road, respectively.) In the background is the Jerome Avenue exit of the Cross Bronx Expressway and the Mt. Eden Avenue Station of the Number 4 Train. See more