Robert Moses

American urban planner

Robert Moses (December 18, 1888 – July 29, 1981) was an American public official who worked mainly in the New York metropolitan area. His decisions favoring highways over public transit helped create the modern suburbs of Long Island. Although he was not a trained civil engineer, Moses's programs and designs influenced a generation of engineers, architects, and urban planners nationwide.

Robert Moses


  • 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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