Panel Discussion: Interpreting and Misinterpreting Jane Jacobs: New York and Beyond

Jane Jacobs was a vocal opponent of Robert Moses’s plans and a leader of the movement to preserve Greenwich Village and other Manhattan neighborhoods. She went on to become a leading urban theorist. This panel discussion will examine the principles that Jacobs espoused and how they have been applied. Introduced by the author and founder of the Center for the Living City at Purchase College, Roberta Brandes Gratz, the panel will be moderated by Mary W. Rowe, Senior Urban Fellow, Blue Moon Fund, and will feature Ron Shiffman, Professor of Urban Planning, Pratt Institute; Michael Sorkin, Director, Graduate Program in Urban Design, CCNY; and Margaret Zeidler, Toronto developer.

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