Jane Jacobs

My "Talking Point" in The Villager: Jane (Jacobs) and the death and life of a great American park

My “Talking Point” in The Villager: Jane (Jacobs) and the death and life of a great American park

June 17, 2013

So, you may have seen this but I wanted to post it here as well — this week’s Villager with my “Talking Point,” Jane and the death and life of a great American park on Washington Square Park, private Conservancy, Community Board 2, some history and more. Very interesting comments at their site as well. I have [...]

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Jane Jacobs on Parks in our Cities

Jane Jacobs on Parks in our Cities

June 7, 2011

You can neither lie to a neighborhood park, nor reason with it. “Artist’s conceptions” and persuasive renderings can put pictures of life into proposed neighborhood parks or park malls, and verbal rationalizations can conjure up users who ought to appreciate them, but in real life only diverse surroundings have the practical power of inducing a [...]

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Seen in the Village: More Jane Jacobs Less Marc Jacobs

Seen in the Village: More Jane Jacobs Less Marc Jacobs

March 3, 2011

In 2009, graphic designer Mike Joyce created these postcards, “More Jane Jacobs, Less Marc Jacobs,” and proceeded to spread the word about them. He provided them to anyone who requested them and they were placed in coffee shops and other locales around town. The postcards are still visible as seen here last month at West [...]

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Freddy's Brooklyn Roundhouse Cable/Internet Show Covers Jane Jacobs' Event at Judson Church in Two Episodes

Freddy's Brooklyn Roundhouse Cable/Internet Show Covers Jane Jacobs' Event at Judson Church in Two Episodes

October 16, 2009

Freddy’s Brooklyn Roundhouse is a well-produced “non-corporate media” outlet, viewed on MNN (Manhattan Neighborhood Network), BCAT (Brooklyn Community Access Television) and YouTube, covering topics such as The Atlantic Yards, media consolidation, Eminent Domain abuse, as well as changes linked to (over) development in NYC. The program is airing a two part show from September 22nd’s [...]

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Jane Jacobs Night At Judson Memorial Church Tuesday, September 22nd, 7 p.m.

Jane Jacobs Night At Judson Memorial Church Tuesday, September 22nd, 7 p.m.

September 18, 2009

Readings and musings by those inspired by the defender of neighborhoods – MC’d by Rev. Billy Talen and Savitri D! Tuesday, September 22nd * 7pm to 9 PM with Afterparty to follow! Presented by Reverend Billy Talen for Mayor NYC: Why?: After a street in the Village was named Jane Jacobs Way –and the presiding city official [...]

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What Makes a Great Public Space?

What Makes a Great Public Space?

November 26, 2008

A study of Washington Square Park in 2005 by the Project for Public Spaces concluded: “Washington Square Park is one of the best known and best-loved destinations in New York City. And as a neighborhood park and civic gathering place, it may be one of the great public spaces in the world. Anyone who visits [...]

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Part I:  Update On NYC Parks Department Redesign Work on Washington Square Park -- Status and the Fountain

Part I: Update On NYC Parks Department Redesign Work on Washington Square Park — Status and the Fountain

July 31, 2008

The Washington Square Park Task Force, convened by Community Board 2 and local elected officials to give some community oversight over the Parks Department “renovation” (redesign) of Washington Square Park, gathered recently for a public meeting in the NYU Silver Building on Waverly Place. This was the first meeting of the Task Force after a [...]

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Last Call, Bohemia.  Or, As Jane Jacobs wrote, the benefits of the "strange"

Last Call, Bohemia. Or, As Jane Jacobs wrote, the benefits of the "strange"

June 17, 2008

Will New York City recognize the importance of “Bohemia” in all societies, including its own? In “Last Call, Bohemia” in this month’s (July) Vanity Fair, Christopher Hitchens observes how London, Paris and San Francisco – also renowned for neighborhoods which foster climates of creativity and culture, havens for “the artists, exiles and misfits” – have [...]

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Jane Jacobs

Jane Jacobs

February 28, 2008

Washington Arch, 1955 In 1961, Jane Jacobs released The Death and Life of Great American Cities. Jane Jacobs had already made a name for herself as a community activist in the West Village. At one point, the Washington Square Park Arch had cars running around – and through – it. Jacobs was involved with others [...]

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