Jane Jacobs wasn’t bullish on urban parks. She preferred active sidewalks. In her classic urban planning (sociology?) book, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, she noted that parks created “borders,” that often result in blighting or “slumming” along their edges. She attributed this circumstance to a lack of diversity of uses, a lack of density, and many other factors, and how they interrelated (her “organized complexity”). Continue Reading Are cities building too many parks and plazas in their downtowns? The experts weigh in . . .
Death and Life of Great American Cities
“The first thing to understand is that public peace – sidewalk and street peace – is not kept primarily by the police……it is kept primarily by an intricate almost unconscious network of voluntary controls and standards among the people themselves.” Thus begins Jane Jacob’sContinue Reading Happy 50th Anniversary to The Death and Life of Great American Cities: Revisiting a classic