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Jane Jacobs

To Break 'Em Up, or Not to Break 'Em Up, That Is the (Wrong) Question

John Fullerton | Posted 05.24.2016 | Business
John Fullerton

Bernie says the banks are too powerful so we need to break them up and reinstitute Glass-Steagall, the depression era legislation that separates high-risk investment banking from staid commercial banking.

Jane's Walk: Let's Get Walking!

Kim Dramer | Posted 05.05.2016 | New York
Kim Dramer

Photo courtesy National Trust for Historic Preservation Jane Jacobs (1916-2006), writer and activist, published her critique of post-World War II urb...

Jane Jacobs' Radical Legacy: Cities Are For People, Not Developers

Peter Dreier | Posted 05.04.2016 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Jacobs -- who died in Toronto on April 25, 2006 -- was a true "public intellectual" who put her ideas into practice. She loved cities and urban neighborhoods. She was fearless and feisty. She was a moralist, who believed that people have a responsibility to the greater good, and that societies and cities exist to bring out the best in people.

Celebrating Jane Jacobs' Centennial

Bennet Kelley | Posted 05.04.2016 | Politics
Bennet Kelley

How would Ms. Jacobs want her centennial to be celebrated? She gave the answer years ago. If you want to understand our cities today, "You've got to get out and walk."

A City in Bloom

Joel Epstein | Posted 04.25.2016 | New York
Joel Epstein

Anyone who knows me, knows how excited I am about the L.A. Metro Expo Line opening to Santa Monica next month. Still, this week I am feeling lucky to ...

Streetfight

Joel Epstein | Posted 03.07.2016 | New York
Joel Epstein

Streetfight is an inspiring read. The sort of book that should be read by every officeholder wondering how they will advance their agenda in the rough and tumble world of contemporary urban politics.

The High Line Continues to Alter the Streets of West Chelsea

Vincent Ugaro | Posted 01.14.2016 | New York
Vincent Ugaro

After 27 years in operation, La Lunchonette at the corner of Tenth Avenue and 18th Street in the recently minted West Chelsea neighborhood of Manhatta...

When the Rich Took Over Our Neighborhood

Michael Winship | Posted 11.06.2015 | Politics
Michael Winship

The Chinese restaurant across the street from me -- one of the last reasonably priced joints in the neighborhood -- closed last weekend. Their lease was up for renewal and the rent increased from $5,000 a month to $25,000.

MAS Summit 2015: The City We Want

Robert Brenner | Posted 10.29.2015 | New York
Robert Brenner

In the 1970s, New York City seemed trapped in a death spiral. Crime was up, tax revenue was down. The Bronx was burning. Whites were fleeing the city ...

How's (the Trash) Business in L.A.? Picking Up

Joel Epstein | Posted 05.17.2015 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

In areas like Koreatown and South L.A., it's not hyperbole to say that more frequent trash pickup and more garbage bins on the street would be cause for celebration.

Please Tax Us: Airbnb Offers City $21 Million

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 06.25.2014 | New York
Blake Fleetwood

Discouraging new forms of entrepreneurism that threaten established businesses, is a classic form of government interference that affects many different industries in the urban marketplace.

New York's Farley Post Office Sets The Stage for MANNA-HATA, An Epic Theatrical Event by Peculiar Works Project

Tim Ranney | Posted 08.11.2013 | New York
Tim Ranney

A time machine exists for a short while in June within the abandoned offices, loading docks, and stairwells of the gigantic James A. Farley Post Office as a plucky theater company transports you back through 400 years of Manhattan history.

City Walk: The Show Is Afoot!

Gregory Weinkauf | Posted 08.06.2013 | Entertainment
Gregory Weinkauf

Hello, my name is Gregory, and I walk -- a lot. In Los Angeles. Happily, I have discovered a new TV show about people like me: people who walk -- in cities -- all over the U.S.A.

The Transformative Power of Philanthropy

Dr. Judith Rodin | Posted 07.09.2013 | Impact
Dr. Judith Rodin

Amazing things happen when you bet on people -- including entire transformations. But with this ability comes great responsibility, in all of our work, to grapple with the big moral questions of our day.

Philanthropy as Backer of Brains

Dr. Judith Rodin | Posted 07.02.2013 | Impact
Dr. Judith Rodin

There is still no machine that can match the power of human ingenuity to solve truly human problems. And therefore, "backing brains" has always been a key part of philanthropy's strategy.

Time to 'Remember the Ladies' -- in Central Park

Myriam Miedzian | Posted 05.18.2013 | New York
Myriam Miedzian

There is a long history of not hearing about outstanding women, or forgetting them when they die. It's part and parcel of not seeing them represented in public places. Making women visible in Central Park would be an important step in correcting this.

Kate Abbey-Lambertz

A Great City Thinker's Legacy Lives On In North Detroit Neighborhoods

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 05.03.2012 | Detroit

What does Jane Jacobs, a Toronto-based urbanist who worked several decades ago have to do with two tree-lined neighborhoods in Detroit? Plenty, sa...

Walking the Walk With Jane

Roberta Brandes Gratz | Posted 04.30.2012 | Impact
Roberta Brandes Gratz

Not only are the walks a great example of just the self-organization Jacobs celebrated, but it is run exclusively by dedicated volunteers whose commitment to the Jacobs precepts brings them together in a totally organic way.

Walk, Observe, Discuss

Roberta Brandes Gratz | Posted 06.10.2012 | New York
Roberta Brandes Gratz

Jane Jacobs changed the way we look and think about cities. No better way exists to understand Jane than to get out and walk, observe, ponder and think or talk about what is seen. That is the idea behind Jane Jacobs Walks.

What the Loss of the Pinball Museum Says About D.C.

Eli Lehrer | Posted 11.29.2011 | DC
Eli Lehrer

A pinball museum -- one of only two in the world to my knowledge -- is the sort of quirky, interesting, attraction that gives a city real vitality.

Planning and Building for the Future, Dead: Round Up the Usual Suspects

Frank Gruber | Posted 08.08.2011 | Books
Frank Gruber

If Jane Jacobs showed the way with The Death and Life of Great American Cities, why did so few follow it? Why have the 50 years since publication of the book been so disastrous for American cities?

Jane Jacobs vs. Andy Warhol: Who Knew?

Frank Gruber | Posted 07.26.2011 | Books
Frank Gruber

It has always seemed odd that while Los Angeles gets no respect from urbanists for its form and "livability," it is nonetheless one of the most important cities in the world.

Proxy Wars: More on Reconsidering Jane Jacobs

Frank Gruber | Posted 07.11.2011 | Books
Frank Gruber

What the New Urbanists take from Jane Jacobs is what nearly every other planner or urbanist working today takes from Jacobs regardless in what context they work: a set of pro-urban values. Love of the city.

Bundy and Santa Monica, Tear Down This Fence

Joel Epstein | Posted 06.20.2011 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

Ever hopeful that LA will become a more transit-oriented city complete with streets, parks and bike lanes, I am launching my own little campaign to improve LA by reopening a shuttered West LA park.

Urban Design, the Book: Part Two of a Review

Frank Gruber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Frank Gruber

A few weeks ago, I concluded Part One of this review of the book Urban Design by referring to Joan Busquets' citation of ten eclectic "contemporary approaches" to urbanism to illustrate the viability of urban design today.