As we set the table to celebrate Jane's 100th birthday, we invite you to send gifts of scholarship. We want to add as many gifts as possible throughout 2016 and build a rich progressive Whole Jane Catalog and the Urban Acupuncture Network.
A proposal of a comprehensive and inclusive public policy alternative that will help to make better government decisions on urban mobility and at the same time sensitize society to mitigate the problem.
To understand the stories we’ll tell on Placemakers, you must understand the ultimate placemaker: Jane Jacobs. She lacked formal training in city planning but became an urban visionary who promoted dense, mixed-use neighborhoods where people interacted on the streets. She also became the nemesis of New York master builder Robert Moses. On our inaugural episode, we’ll explore Jacobs’ legacy and how the ideas and ideals of “St. Jane” hold up today.
In her 1983 Annual E. F. Schumacher Lecture, "The Economy of Regions", Jane Jacobs argues that the healthiest economic regions are those which have strong and innovative import-replacing cities of their own. The economies of such city-regions are shaped and reshaped by complex, economically enlivening, interrelating forces originating within their own regions. Such regions, she says, become capable of producing amply and diversely for their own people and are not passively manipulated by specialized economic forces from distant cities.
Jane Jacobs is universally recognized as one of the key figures in American urbanism, and The Death and Life of Great American Cities, which she wrote between 1958 and 1961, is considered one of the most important books on cities. Becoming Jane Jacobs is an intellectual biography focusing on Jacobs's early life and writing career leading up to her great book, and it offers a new foundation for understanding not only Death and Life but her subsequent books on cities, economies, and civilizations.