The Middle Ground: Robert Moses and the Politics of Progress
From the perspective of City officials, LOMEX offered funding through the Federal Highway Act that would build infrastructure, create jobs, and potentially shape a Mayor’s legacy. Building large scale projects in densely populated New York City required space that could only be created by eliminating neighborhoods and removing their residents. This “slum clearance” was the preferred method of dealing with urban areas deemed blighted by City planners.
In the early stages of the project, elected officials aligned with Moses, but as opposition from affected communities increased, the officials took a different path and eventually de-mapped the expressway.
Selected documents below chronicle City Hall perspectives and decisions.
The timeline below details the history of the Federal Highway Act and includes the construction costs of LOMEX.