Jane Jacobs Exhibition

Jane Jacobs at the Whitehorse Tavern, NYC, 1960s. Photo: Cervin Robinson.

The Municipal Art Society in Manhattan has a new exhibit honoring one of the patron saints of urban theory: Janes Jacobs, author of the classic The Death and Life of Great American Cities. The show runs through January 5th and is largely a tribute to Jacobs’s theory that cities, New York City of the 1950s in particular, have a rhythm and life of their own, involving self-regulation, mixed use buildings, and an overall dynamism that cannot be planned… exactly what eventually happened in cities across the country, including New York, not to mention here in New Haven.

If I a not mistaken, Jacobs spent the last portion of her life living in Toronto.

Read a review of the exhibit: Edward Rothstein. Jane Jacobs, Foe of Plans and Friend of City Life. New York Times. September 25, 2007.

Posted by: Ian M.


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