The Dutch Prime Minister Is a Big Fan of Robert Caro
“Every building you see here was built by Robert Moses,” Mr. Caro said, gesturing toward the projects. “And there’s not a single architectural element to make them look better. Moses wanted the people living in them to feel poor.”
The West Side Highway was next, with two perspectives on Moses: the visionary beauty of Riverside Park, and the ugliness of a Harlem playground that Moses had built under duress. On the trellises of the playground’s comfort station, Moses had ordered wrought-iron monkeys, a commentary on the people who might be using it.
“He was the most racist person I ever met,” Mr. Caro said. The trellises have since been removed.
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