An Examination of the Impacts of author and activist, Jane Jacobs, on the City of New Orleans

An Examination of the Impacts of author and activist, Jane Jacobs, on the City of New Orleans

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Jane Jacobs Panel Discussion | An Examination of the Impacts of author and activist, Jane Jacobs, on the City of New Orleans.

Jane Jacobs with book. Credit Robert Jacobs. Image courtesy of Jane Jacobs Estate. copyright

Jane Jacobs with book. Credit Robert Jacobs. Image courtesy of Jane Jacobs Estate. copyright

In partnership with the Center for the Living City, Louisiana Landmarks Society is sponsoring a panel discussion in celebration of the centennial of author activist Jane Jacobs’ birth.  The panel, including author Nathaniel Rich, journalist Gwen Thompkins, architect Steve Bingler, author Lois Eric Elie and moderator Roberta Brandes Gratz, will examine the impacts of Jacobs on the city of New Orleans.

These events have occurred in such diverse places as Chennai, India, Tokyo, New York City, and Salt Lake City. Each event has been videotaped and included on the website centerforthelivingcity.org.

Discussion Panelists: 
Roberta Brandes Gratz is an award-winning journalist and author of We're Still Here Ya Bastards: How the People of New Orleans Rebuilt Their City.

Nathaniel Rich is the author of the novel Odds Against Tomorrow and a frequent contributor to the New York Times Magazine and the New York Review of Books. His essay "The Prophesies of Jane Jacobs" appeared in the Atlantic.

Gwen Thompkins is a New Orleans native, NPR veteran and host of WWNO's Music Inside Out, former senior editor of Weekend Edition and East Africa correspondent, the holder of Nieman and Watson Fellowships, and a longtime student of music from around the world.

Steve Bingler, Architect and Founder and CEO, Concordia: Community Centered Planning and Design.

Lolis Eric Elie is a native New Orleanian, a former Times-Picayune metro columnist and the co-producer of Faubourg Treme: the Untold Story of Black New Orleans.


Jane Jacobs Centennial Lecture Series: Michael Kimmelman

Jane Jacobs Centennial Lecture Series: Michael Kimmelman

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Author and New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman speaks on the legacy of writer and preservationist Jane Jacobs (1916-2006) whose work changed the way the world views and understands cities. Award-winning author and preservationist Roberta Brandes Gratz will introduce him.

Pay what you wish. RSVP requested.