Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Rest in Peace Jane Jacobs [Updated]

Jane Jacobs died today. I've never read her seminal work "The Death and Life of Great American Cities," but I certainly appreciate the impact of her work. Not the least involves standing up to Robert Moses so we still have a Chinatown, SoHo and Greenwich Village to walk through.

Like many who become too cool to live in the US (Steve Lindstrom, Ramona Flowers to name two), she relocated to Canada.

[Update] Here are some more profiles and obits from the NYTimes and Toronto Star (with a super cute pic) and The Project for Public Spaces. NYMetro even pulled some quotes from NYU Wagner's Mitchell Moss.

The AP Obit gave a mention that her clash with Moses inspired the 2004 play "Boozy." That play was produced by the plucky Les Freres Corbusier, a Greenwall grantee. Jacobs was portrayed by the lovely and fiery Nina Hellman.


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