April 25, 2006
Homage to Jane Jacobs (1916-2006)
One of the great thinkers of the twentieth century has passed. All residents of New York City and urban citizens of the world owe her a great debt. More here
We human beings are the only city-building creatures in the world. The hives of socially different in how they develop, what they do, and their potentialities. Cities are in a sense natural ecosystems too --for us. They are not disposable. Whenever and wherever societies have flourished and prospered rather than stagnated and decayed, creative and workable cities have been at the core of the phenomenon; they have pulled their weight and more. It is the same still. Decaying cities, declining economies, and mounting social troubles travel together. The combination is not coincidental.
It is urgent that human beings understand as much as we can about city ecology --starting at any point in city processes. The humble, vital services performed by grace of good city streets and neighborhoods are probably as good a starting point as any.
Posted by Jonathan Kramnick at 03:16 PM | Permalink
TrackBack URL for this entry: http://www.typepad.com/services/trackback/6a00d8341c562c53ef00d834bb291069e2
Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Homage to Jane Jacobs (1916-2006):