Panel: Reconsidering Jane Jacobs

March 31, 2011   6:30 pm   
Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Av. (bet. 103rd & 104th Sts.)
$12; $8 for seniors and students; $6 for members of the Museum of the City of New York. A $2 surcharge applies for unreserved, walk-in participants.
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Fifty years after publishing The Death and Life of Great American Cities, Jane Jacobs is perhaps the most widely read urbanist ever. She transformed urban planning and with it our cities and neighborhoods. And yet, we no longer live in the world of Death and Life, even as urbanists of all political persuasions claim Jacobs’s mantle and all but deify her. Max Page, co-editor of Reconsidering Jane Jacobs (APA Planners Press, 2011), David Freeland, author of Automats, Taxi Dances, Vaudeville: Excavating Manhattan’s Lost Places of Leisure (New York University Press, 2009); Mary Rowe, Urban Fellow, Municipal Art Society of New York; and Samuel Zipp, author of Manhattan Projects: The Rise and Fall of Urban renewal in Cold War New York (Oxford University Press, 2010) go beyond the usual discussion of Jacobs and take an unsentimental look at her continuing relevance—or lack thereof—to planning in New York today.