Block by Block: Jane Jacobs and the Future of New York

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Timothy Mennel, Jo Steffens, Christopher Klemek
Princeton Architectural Press, Dec 19, 2007 - Architecture - 64 pages
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"This book is an attack on current city planning and rebuilding." From this first sentence of the seminal 1961 bookThe Death and Life of Great American Cities, Jane Jacobs gave voice to those who believed the bulldozing, postwar policies of urban renewal were a dangerous threat to city life. She spent the next forty-five years challenging citizens to stand up for vibrant, mixed-use, pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods such as New York's Greenwich Village. Jane Jacobs's death in 2006 occasioned the beginnings of a critical re-evaluation of her achievements. With major new development plans—for sites from the East River to the West Side and from Lower Manhattan to Queens—either under consideration or in progress, it seems the perfect time to assess the relevance of her ideas for contemporary urban life.

Block by Block is a far-ranging collection of essays about Jane Jacobs from an impressive group of writers and cultural critics including Marshall Berman, Malcolm Gladwell, Adam Gopnik, Paul Goldberger, Tama Janowitz, Ben Katchor, Phillip Lopate, Luc Sante, Bill "Reverend Billy" Talen, Colson Whitehead, and Tom Wolfe. This impressive lineupof contributors discusses the contemporary relevance of Jacobs's ideas about large-scale redevelopment, gentrification,and activism. While their viewpoints on these issues may differ, they continue the important debate begun by Jacobsabout the challenges facing New York and other great cities everywhere.

 

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Contents

Judith Rodm Foreword
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Paill Goldberger Commemoration
12
LUC Sante from My Lost City
27
Marshall BrOWn Not Good but Well Behaved
33
David McAninch chowonheaty
38
Michael Henry Adams The Giory ot Hanem
44
Nathan Glazer HistorysAngei
50
Adam GOpnik from Gothamitis
56
Jane Jacobs Bibliography
62
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Block by Block is funded by the Rockefeller Foundation and published in collaboration with the Municipal Art Society of New York.

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