Art: Moses--Or the Bull Rushes

Last month Manhattan's tough, free-swinging Park Commissioner Robert Moses* took a swing at the professional city planners, and a battle royal was on. Round I was Commissioner Moses'. In a New York Times article, "Mr. Moses Dissects the Long-Haired Planners," he slashed at critics who claim that he is:

¶ Just a politician who would like to control Manhattan's city planning without understanding Manhattan's basic needs.

¶ A mere city patcher and prettifier whose chief interest is showy public works but not slum clearance.

¶ A man who does not...