|Sheikh Zayed Road: Bel Geddes' vision realised|
in a dusty desert dystopia
|Robert Moses' Verrazano Narrows Bridge across|
the entrance to New York Harbour: typically bold and
audacious - and, equally typically, part of making Staten
Island New York's most car-dependent borough
|Varick Street, lower Manhattan:|
Robert Moses would have liked to clear
these pesky pedestrians away.
|Masdar: a Gulf vision Bel Geddes didn't inspire|
The cars came roaring off the expressway into the city streets, most still running at a good 60mph. As I watched them, wondering when I would safely be able to cross, I thought of Norman Bel Geddes. Some of his vision now looks strange and much of it looks downright dangerous. But there remain many drivers who see no reason why a car should have to slow down just because it’s in a city.