Remembering Urbanist Jane Jacobs

Today in 1916, Jane (Butzner) Jacobs was born. The well-known urbanist died in 2006.

“Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.”

Jane Jacobs, urban writer and activist

On May 4, 2016, Google dedicated its Doodles to Mrs. Jacobs.

janejacobs doodle honoring Jane Jacobs’ 100th Birthday (May 4, 2016)

I know many urban planners are celebrating this pioneer in journalism and activism for her influence on urban studies and thought.

However, no celebration of a human is without conflict, Jacobs was sometimes accused of inattention to racial inequality, and her concept of “unslumming” has been compared with gentrification.

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