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The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York - Part 4, Chapter 18 New York City Before Robert Moses Summary & Analysis

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Part 4, Chapter 18 New York City Before Robert Moses Summary

New York City is hit hard by the depression. In 1930 an investigation into corruption in the city ranks is held, resulting in the resignation of Mayor Jimmy Walker. The city has financial difficulties and in 1932 has to cut salaries. It will not be able to meet the bond note payments that come due in 1933. Work on public and private construction projects has been halted due to lack of funding. The building of roads and other things has not kept pace with the use and number of automobiles in the city or with the growth of the population. The New York City infrastructure is in a state of disrepair. New York City officials hadn't followed through on their promises to Moses to build roads that connect to his parkways.

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