Jane Jacobs Tribute Tonight

jane_jacobs.jpgThere will be a public celebration for Jane Jacobs this evening, 5:00 pm, under the arch in Washington Square Park.

Lisa Chamerblain will be there and has a nice write-up on her blog, Polis:

It has become the contrarian fashion to say that Jane Jacobs’ contribution to urban planning didn’t address many of the problems we grapple with today, and that Robert Moses wasn’t entirely destructive and wrong. I find this to be an intellectually lazy argument. No single person could simultaneously explode an entire profession AND anticipate every possible consequence of that (such as gentrification, which did not exist at the time that she wrote her seminal book, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, in 1961).

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    Fantastic post by Lisa Chamberlain over at Polis – just absolutely right on. I’d post this comment there if she allowed comments. No individual deserves more credit for discrediting the Le Corbusier/Robert Moses generation city-sacking planners than Jane Jacobs. Imagine how the city would be if the Broome Street Expressway was built, or another mile or two of towers-in-the-parking-lots, or streets with three lanes of traffic where one would do. Her influence is enormous, and everywhere.

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