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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
When you add all that's been proposed, planned and built under this administration, it's hard to think of another figure since Moses who has presided over as significant an effort to reshape the physical city as Bloomberg has.