• Jane Jacobs & The Neighborhoods of Toronto

    “People would ask me after we had decided to stay, “Well, when are you coming back?” “Well, we’re not. We are living here.” “Oh, but you can’t just—you’ve got to come back to real life.” And I would say, “It’s just as real.” This is very hard for Americans to understand and I think that

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  • A Neighborhood Valentine

    “Neighborhood is a word that has come to sound like Valentine. As a sentimental concept, “neighborhood” is harmful to city planning. It leads to attempts at warping city life into imitations of town or suburban life. Sentimentality plays with sweet intentions in place of good sense.” -Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American

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  • A Train Home From Philly

    October 10, 2011, Washington, DC:  What a luxury it is to travel by train on a Sunday afternoon down the northeast corridor. On yesterday’s ride, the sun was sinking and the air was warm enough that boats still sprinkled the Susquehanna River. The towns and waterways between Wilmington and Baltimore zoomed by in a golden

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  • Jane Jacobs in the Age of Twitter

    July 11, 2011, Washington, DC: More on the origins of this project: Roots of this project are evident in an undergraduate course I took at Columbia University, called The History of the City of New York. Best class I ever took. In that class, professor Ken Jackson, an expert in urban development and the effects of

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