“Roberta Moses”-diss or compliment for Janette Sadik-Kahn

Great article about the media bash of the D.O.T. and it’s Commissioner Janette Sadik-Kahn in Metropolis Mag. Writer, Karrie Jacobs thinks calling the commissioner “Roberta Moses,” shouldn’t be seen as a diss, to the late Robert Moses and his short sighted automobile lust of NYC, but rather as a compliment for redesigning our cities with vision…for bicycles.

Anatomy of a Takedown
A recent series of negative articles about New York’s transportation commissioner has our columnist crying foul.

By Karrie Jacobs
Posted May 12, 2011

The signs of spring are easy to read, even in New York City: the crocuses push up through the newly thawed earth, and daylight lasts a little longer every evening. Equally apparent are the signs of a political takedown. It starts small: in his February 28 column for Crain’s New York Business, Michael Gross, who wrote a cultural exposé on fashion models, took Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his administration to task for imposing a “nanny state” on New York. He singled out Janette Sadik-Khan, the city’s bike-lane-building transportation commissioner, labeling her “Roberta Moses.”

A week later, a full-page story in the main news section of the New York Times was devoted to Sadik-Khan and her “brusque I-know-best style.” The premise of the piece was that Sadik-Khan, once viewed as a rising star, was now a liability. Complaints, sourced and anonymous, had her “yelling” at people on the telephone, as if she were the first city official to have raised her voice.

Read the entire article here.

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