Recent Streetsblog USA posts about Jane Jacobs

Building a Farm Where a Freeway Used To Be

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Moving mulch on the old Central Freeway on-ramp. (Photo: Matthew Roth) A few weeks ago in San Francisco, a number of urban farmers opened a gate in a chain-link fence at Laguna Street, between Oak and Fell Streets, and entered an overgrown lot that has been unused for nearly two decades. The farmers brought with […]

Planetizen Unveils Its Top 100 Urban Thinkers

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She may be experiencing an intellectual reconsideration in some corners, but Jane Jacobs is still a beloved figure for the urban planners and designers of Planetizen. Jane Jacobs (Photo: BusinessWeek) After a month-long online poll that saw more than 14,000 votes cast, the site released its list of the "Top 100 Urban Thinkers" today — […]

What Should We Learn From Moses and Jacobs?

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There is probably no more beloved figure in urbanism than Jane Jacobs, who fought to preserve some of New York City’s most treasured neighborhoods and who gave urbanists some of the field’s fundamental texts. As Ed Glaeser notes in the New Republic this week, Jacobs died in 2006 "a cherished, almost saintly figure," while her […]