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Jane Jacobs

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.

Urban Design: Good Book, Unfortunate Field?

Frank Gruber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Frank Gruber

Urban Design is an excellent guide to both the history of Urban Design as a field and today's conflicts both within and without.

In Retrospect: TEDxAshokaU

Saul Garlick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Saul Garlick

TEDxAshokaU highlighted the latest innovations in social entrepreneurship, bringing students and academics together to share ideas.

City Planning Classic On Environmental Efficiency (VIDEO)

Progressive Book Club | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Progressive Book Club In the annals of urban design and city planning, no book holds a higher place than The Death and Life of Great American Cities ...

The Stranger in Everyday Life

Reverend Billy | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Reverend Billy

The city-as-monoculture can only continue with surveillance, stop-and-frisks, eminent domain, developer tax windfalls and all the illegal activity brazenly called Progress and New York Greatness.

Bricks, Mortar, Bloomberg, Moses

Jarrett Murphy | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Jarrett Murphy

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.

Reading Amanda: One Black Man's Burden

Michael Henry Adams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Michael Henry Adams

Reputedly she is known by friends and family as "Ba"; habitually, as a uniform, she sports sober Calvin Klein suits and subsists on tuna or grilled...