He built a lot of roads. He built a lot of parks. He built the Niagara Hydroelectric plant. And he made a lot of enemies. Does the Robert Moses Parkway really have to bear his name?
Local leaders want to rename (and rebrand) the road the Niagara Scenic Parkway to promote tourism.
The Niagara County Legislature voted in February to support the measure. “The name Robert Moses means little to tourists and is no longer descriptive of today’s purpose of informing visitors this roadway will take you to the prime viewing areas,” a resolution reads.
The state senate followed suit and voted to approve the change the Buffalo News reported. It’s unclear when exactly it might happen.
Moses, who served for decades as State Parks commissioner and master planner of New York City in the first half of the 20th century, is a widely disliked figure. His roads destroyed communities and took money away from public transportation. Not to mention his racism.