Jane Jacobs: American-Canadian journalist, author, editor, and activist best known for her influence on urban studies, champion of the vitality of a city, creator of the concept "Ballad of the Sidewalk", advocate of walking, proponent for equal pay for women, mother.
|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
"As a mother and a writer who criticized experts in the male-dominated field of urban planning, Jacobs endured scorn from established figures. She did not have a college degree or any formal training in urban planning, and was criticized for lacking such credentials."
Experiencing discrimination at Iron Age, she also advocated for equal pay for women and for workers' right to unionize
She was also famous for introducing the concept "Ballet of the Sidewalk" that intricate dance between neighbours and passers-by that make a street enjoyable and friendly.
Jane's Walk is a movement of free, citizen-led walking tours inspired by Jane Jacobs:
Our mission is to help people walk, observe, and connect with their community and environment. Walks inspire people to make a difference because they enable members of a community to discover and respond to the complexities of their city and environment through personal and shared observation.
|one of my classic cityscapes, my ode to my love of city living|
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