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Articles about "Jane Jacobs"
Jane Jacobs And New York City: Part 2
December 08, 2011
What would Jane Jacobs, the iconic urban planner in owlish glasses, have to say about the residential infrastructure of NYC today? As we previously noted, Jacobs’ best-selling book The Death and Life of Great American Cities has become critical reading for urban planners throughout the country. Indeed, the tenets she laid down are used to justify the mixed-use and often high-end projects that define progress in NYC today. But whether it’s new city-wide projects like white roofs or public-private parks that housed the Occupy Wall Street protestors, how does the rise of “sophisticated” (often steel-and-glass) projects really measure up against this eminent thinker’s original blueprints for a modern, accommodating city?Read More
Jane Jacobs and New York City: Part 1
October 19, 2011
After the financially wobbly St. Vincent's Hospital closed its doors last year, locals dissatisfied with the mixed-used condominiums that would rise in its stead recently held up picket signs at public land reviews, promoting a different standard for what a city should be. “What would Jane Jacobs do?” they asked. Jane Jacobs, herself a native of Greenwich Village, was propelled to fame when her 1961 book, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, permanently changed the face of modern urban planning. A woman in owlish glasses, Jane Jacobs’ calculus on the “great” cities arguably created the city that sprawls before us today; many urban planners have followed her axioms. But half a century after she herself picketed in the streets to prevent Robert Moses, a czar-like city planner, from razing Greenwich Village, how have Jane Jacobs' ideas about Manhattan real estate influenced the current scope of New York City?Read More