Jane Jacobs is a powerful symbol for present-day urbanist movements, but her work is about far more than just building walkable places.
Strong Towns explores the hard-hitting realities of Jane Jacobs’ activism: the need for financial solvency in American towns, her insistence on local decision-making instead of top-down proclamations and her “chaotic but smart” approach to improving cities."
Many people associate Jacobs with a love of walkable neighborhoods, urban parks and historic buildings. What they fail to grasp is that these are means to an end, not the end itself.
Jane Jacobs’ critique of the orthodox urban planning tradition unfolds in three steps, closely following F.A. Hayek’s argument in The Use of Knowledge in Society.
Our neighborhoods and our cities would improve if more of us lived in places where “bumping into someone on the street” didn’t involve heavy traffic and a fender bender.
Cities are complex ecosystems. For areas in need of redevelopment, the only way to return to a healthy urban fabric is incrementally, a few small projects a year until the neighborhood has buildings of every age and condition, suitable for adaptation to the particular needs of some future time.
Jane Jacobs was actually more about how to think than what to do.
In honor of Jane Jacobs week, we are seeking to fill an intellectual void by providing an oath for urban planners.
Jane Jacobs was a courageous intellectual wanderer who truly knew no limits.
One historic home at a time, St. Paul, MN is demonstrating how a critical mass of Strong Citizens can be an incredible asset to a troubled area, and how local government can play a constructive role in the incremental revitalization of such an area.
Andrew Price discusses the difference between "fine-grained" and "coarse-grained" urbanism.
New York is frequently painted as the ideal city by urbanists, and this has resulted in a lot of justifiable skepticism from others. Here are some ways New York City’s big ideas can scale down to mid-size cities and small towns.