Robert Moses

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Robert Moses (December 18, 1888 – July 29, 1981) was the "master builder" of 20th century New York City, an advocate of a controversial style of urban planning that favored the construction of new highways over the preservation of existing neighborhoods.


  • I raise my stein to the builder who can remove ghettos without removing people as I hail the chef who can make omelets without breaking eggs.
  • Those who can, build. Those who can't, criticize.
  • You can draw any kind of picture you want on a clean slate and indulge your every whim in the wilderness in laying out a New Delhi, Canberra, or Brasilia, but when you operate in an overbuilt metropolis, you have to hack your way with a meat ax.
    • Quoted in Robert Caro, The Power Broker (1974), p. 849

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