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.
What is it about the built environment of a historic downtown that makes it a good home for the small independent business but not as appealing to the national retailers? What is it about the auto-oriented development that attracts more national retailers than local ones?
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.
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. The end for Jacobs was always economies and the complex relationships that allow humanity to flourish.
For all the love Jane Jacobs has received from urban planners and policymakers since her first book was published, her greatest theoretical innovation seems to be largely disregarded.
In honor of Jane Jacobs week, we are seeking to fill an intellectual void by providing an oath for urban planners.
Jane's Walk is a movement of free, citizen-led walking tours inspired by Jane Jacobs. The walks get people to tell stories about their communities, explore their cities, and connect with neighbors. Denise Pinto, Global Director of the organization discusses the impact of Jane's Walks on communities around the world.
We need to read all of Jacobs’ books in order to put her more popular work into a larger perspective.
Jane Jacobs was a courageous intellectual wanderer who truly knew no limits.
1,000 Friends of Wisconsin is doing impressive work to stop wasteful road spending in Wisconsin. We're pleased to share this recent victory from our friends at this organization.
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.
We have two upcoming webcasts on using games for civic engagement and brownfield redevelopment.
Share photos of urban renewal sites in your community with the hashtag #UsedToBe and tell us what used to be there.
Jane Jacobs repeatedly challenges us to embrace the complex -- the ballet -- and not just that which is simple and easy to code.
Transportation was a hot topic this week, with posts on public transit, pedestrian safety, and road spending.
This is the latest in our series of member profiles. Today, we're featuring Lisa Nisenson, one of the creators behind the popular game, Cards Against Urbanity.
We've partnered with Island Press, an urbanist and environmentally focused publishing house that shares many of our values, to give our members discounts on select book titles.
Just four months after making adjustments to its system, Houston buses have seen a 10% increase in ridership. This video shows how and why they did it.