Robert Moses in Postwar Suburbia
Robert Moses (1888-1981) was a builder and planner of parks, highways, and major public road works for the state of New York. Moses was also active in New York City and New York state governments, once holding twelve positions simultaneously (from New York City Parks Commissioner to chairman of the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority).
Moses was fairly unconcerned with the problems of suburban sprawl and highway congestion because he saw those issues as peripheral to the greater project of building an efficient future. This focus was standard for American builders in the postwar era. Thus, Moses' notoriety and influence extended far beyond the state of New York, and into cities all across the nation.