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."
This week's featured member post asks the question: WWJJD (What Would Jane Jacobs Do) about zoning?
Zvi Leve is a Strong Towns member who lives in Montreal and recently led two "Jane's Walks." Today we're sharing photos and reflections from those walks.
We explored many facets of Jane Jacobs' legacy this week. Here's what caught your eyes the most.
This week, we asked you to help us mourn the effects of urban renewal by sharing photographs of urban renewal sites in your city. We received close to 100 submissions from across North America. Here are some favorites.
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.
While Jane Jacobs was fighting and winning some battles against Urban Renewal in our cities, many, many more were victims to this hubristic program. My city, Mankato MN, was one of the hardest hit.
If we want incremental development that creates walkable places, while building local wealth and improving traditional neighborhoods, we need to make sure our zoning codes enable that vision.
Jane Jacobs was actually more about how to think than what to do.
Nolan Gray, a writer for Market Urbanism, analyzes Jane Jacobs' work in light of Hayekian philosophy and discusses the need to move away from central planning.