Saturday, March 18, 2017

Jane Jacobs

Jane Jacobs at the White Horse Tavern in 1961 (Credit: Cervin Robinson)
Here are some facts, quotes and inspirations of Jane Jacobs, someone I had heard of but now I am enchanted. As an advocate for cities and neighborhoods, she lead the fight to save Greenwich Village and Washington Square Park, and she believed in the importance of getting out and WALKING and learning your surrounding!!! I LOVE this woman. VF

Jane Jacobs (1916-2006) was an urbanist and activist whose writings championed a fresh, community-based approach to city building. She had no formal training as a planner, and yet her 1961 treatise, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, introduced ground-breaking ideas about how cities function, evolve and fail, that now seem like common sense to generations of architects, planners, politicians and activists.

A firm believer in the importance of local residents having input on how their neighborhoods develop, Jacobs encouraged people to familiarize themselves with the places where they live, work, and play.

“No one can find what will work for our cities by looking at … suburban garden cities, manipulating scale models, or inventing dream cities. You’ve got to get out and walk.” 
— Jane Jacobs, ‘Downtown is for People' (Fotune Classic, 1958)
Jane's Walk is a movement of free, citizen-led walking tours inspired by Jane Jacobs:

one of my classic cityscapes, my ode to my love of city living
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