The City and the World

At the end of World War II New York City went threw a ten-year building frenzy. In ten years, more office buildings were built in New York City than were ever built in Chicago, the nation's "second city". Robert Moses became the master builder during this time. His authority over huge building projects were backed by real estate developers, bankers and the expanded earnings from the bridges and tunnels he supervised. His power was nearly unbridled and unchecked.

In New York: Episode Seven: the City and the World, we see how New York rose up from the depths of the Great Depression to regain it's international stature and transformed its landscape into the one we are familiar with today.

The construction of large expressways, urban redevelopment zones and housing projects forever changed our city and the way people live in it.



Please answer the following questions in your journals;

  1. How do neighborhoods define our city?
  2. What made New York important at the close of World War II?
  3. Why didn't the city's industrial base survive after World War II?

  4. How was Black and Puerto Rican immigration to New York different than other immigrant movements? Why was it difficult for them?
  5. What did Title I do to New York City?

  6. How did the Federal government help suburbs develop?

  7. Why did the Cross Bronx Expressway destroy the Bronx?

  8. Which events brought an end to the city's building frenzy?

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Wikipedia entry for Robert Moses



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