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Robert Moses : The Rebuilding of New York

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Robert Moses with Battery Bridge model in 1939.

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Address by Robert Moses, Commissioner of Parks. He is speaking to members of Local 3 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

Discusses improvements needed in the city, and what it will take to push through these types of projects. With any such project some people will be unhappy or inconvenienced, etc. He notes "You can't make an omelet without breaking some eggs."
About 50,000 people have to be accommodated during these arterial improvements, they will be paid cash to move or, if they qualify, will be provided with public housing.

The parking problem will never be solved unless they go in for street metering to finance parking garages. Without a solution the city will be choked with congestion.

Moses mentions investigations being made by Albany, he believes that things that happened thirty years ago don't matter.

New York will not become a ghost town, it will remain at the forefront of American cities.


Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection


WNYC archives id: 6004