The Center’s purpose is to enhance the understanding of the complexity of contemporary urban life and through it, promote increased civic engagement among people who care deeply for their communities.


The Center's programming includes publishing What We See: Advancing the Observations of Jane Jacobs and sponsoring Jane Jacobs Walk, self-organized walking tours throughout the world. The Center for the Living City also sponsors symposia, exhibitions, fellowships, workshops and other community events.



Find out about our organization, mission, our methods, and the results of our advocacy toward just communities.

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Current Work

We strive to advance the observations of Jane Jacobs. See what the Center is up to and how you can become involved.

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