Jones Beach and the Decline of Liberalism

Take a drive out of Manhattan, first east, then south, and in about an hour you arrive at one of the most pleasing monuments to activist government to be found in America: Jones Beach, a magnificent ocean park built on a sandbar off the south shore of Long Island. Jones Beach opened 65 years ago, Governor Franklin Roosevelt of New York presiding. But the idea had erupted full blown from the mind of that public-works genius and master builder, Robert Moses. A few years earlier, arriving by boat on that desolate stretch of sand, he sketched on the back of an...

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