The Full Force of Urban Renewal

The Full Force of Urban Renewal

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.

The Body & Soul of Great Places

The Body & Soul of Great Places

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?

Parking vs. the Walkable Building

Parking vs. the Walkable Building

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 and Decentralized Planning

Jane Jacobs and Decentralized Planning

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.

Import Replacement

Import Replacement

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.

The Urban Planner's Oath

The Urban Planner's Oath

In honor of Jane Jacobs week, we are seeking to fill an intellectual void by providing an oath for urban planners.

What can a walk teach us about Jane Jacobs?

What can a walk teach us about Jane Jacobs?

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.

The Other Jane Jacobs

The Other Jane Jacobs

We need to read all of Jacobs’ books in order to put her more popular work into a larger perspective.

End the Fed?

End the Fed?

Jane Jacobs was a courageous intellectual wanderer who truly knew no limits.

Court Blocks Wisconsin Highway 23 Expansion

Court Blocks Wisconsin Highway 23 Expansion

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 House at a Time on St. Paul's East Side

One House at a Time on St. Paul's East Side

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.

Jane Jacobs Week

Jane Jacobs Week

Jane Jacobs repeatedly challenges us to embrace the complex -- the ballet -- and not just that which is simple and easy to code. 

Member Profile: Lisa Nisenson

Member Profile: Lisa Nisenson

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.

Island press books

Island press books

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.

Why Houston is Back on the Bus

Why Houston is Back on the Bus

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.