Philadelphia Inquirer architectural critic Inga Saffron reviews a related series of exhibitions on New York City planner Robert Moses. Saffron casts a wary eye on the exhibition creators' attempts to rehabilitate Moses's reputation, writing "like all apologists, they nick away at the margins without addressing the core issues". I'm reminded of a museum exhibition (The Last Tenement: Confronting Community and Urban Renewal in Boston's West End) I worked on years ago at the Bostonian Society which addressed the destruction of Boston's West End in what we thought was a balanced way. While preparing for the exhibition I was explaining my take on what had happened to a former West Ender who politely listened and then asked, "Whose side are you on anyway?" And that pretty much sums up urban renewal--it is almost impossible to be neutral. if you're interested in learning more about Robert Moses, I highly recommend Robert Caro's biography of Moses, The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York.
Still waiting for the link between North Station and South Station in Boston? Take heart, because the MTA in New York City has signed a contract to begin digging the tunnels for a Second Avenue subway line. Why should this make Bostonians optimistic? Because the Second Avenue subway line was first planned in the 1920s and took delivery of ten prototype subway cars for the line in 1949.