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A7. Robert Moses - An Urban Planner: Hero or Villain?

  • 09/13/2023
  • 10/11/2023
  • 5 sessions
  • 09/13/2023, 10:00 AM 11:30 PM (EDT)
  • 09/20/2023, 10:00 AM 11:30 PM (EDT)
  • 09/27/2023, 10:00 AM 11:30 PM (EDT)
  • 10/04/2023, 10:00 AM 11:30 PM (EDT)
  • 10/11/2023, 10:00 AM 11:30 PM (EDT)
  • Briarwood, 65 Briarwood Cir, Worcester, MA
  • 43

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Participants will study and evaluate the work of Robert Moses (1888 – 1981) who dominated urban planning in New York City and State from the 1920s until the late 1960s. He built Jones Beach State Park and the facilities at Lincoln Center and multiple roadways and bridges. In a span of forty-five years as an unelected official he transformed the infrastructure of the New York and revolutionized the philosophies of how cities are designed and structured. Tom Brennan was born and raised in New York City during the time of Robert Moses. He will approach these persons and events from the viewpoint of a person who lived, worked and experienced firsthand the transformation of the city.

Instructor: Tom Brennan graduated from The Catholic University of America with a degree in Physics. He taught physics and mathematics in secondary schools. After he attained graduate degrees in Education from Fordham University and Computer Science from Pace University, he taught at Mercy College, St. Thomas Aquinas College, and the City University of New York. He was a book editor for a computer science journal, has published fiction and poetry, compiled a research book on writing and has written a memoir. He lives in Holden, Massachusetts. 


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