- Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities.
I came across this article defending the legacy of Jane Jacobs, which apparently is a hot-button issue for planners at the moment. It’s a rather interesting take on how some misconstrue her arguments and provoke that she was an objector to change, despised density, and was a NIMBYist. The author of this article, however, argues that if anything, Jane Jacobs was all about public participation in change processes in order to garner untapped wisdom from the citizens which can then improve the planning process and quell the NIMBY attitudes of some.
OBVS! Any nerdy, idealist Planner (who supported this sassy American-Canadian, Toronto based guru) would know that!
In the article, Roberta Brandes Gratz points out that the “developer-promulgated projects” - big projects that replace or transform neighbourhoods, are what Jacobs criticized as ‘cataclysmic’ change and rightfully opposed.