SELECTed Articles about Jane Jacobs

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Jane Jacobs and the Power of Women Planners, Roberta Brandes Gratz, March 8, 2018, City Lab [reposted as part of Women Make Cities (International Women's Day)]

The Kind of Data We Mine Will Determine the Kind of City We Live In,  Matias Echanove and Rahul Srivastava, March 3, 2018, The Hindu


Studies in Emergent Order & Organization, Vol 4/ Issue 2+3, Cosmos & Taxis. 


Milestones: 100 Years of Jane Jacobs, Roberta Brandes Gratz, Architectural Record

Jane Jacobs, An Urban Ecologist, Seth Zeren, Strong Cities

The Prophecies of Jane Jacobs, Nathaniel Rich, The Atlantic

 Jane Jacobs's Street Smarts, Adam Gopnik , The New Yorker 

How Jane Jacobs changed the way we look at cities, Saskia Sassen, The Guardian

Celebrating Jane Jacobs, Sara Polsky, Curbed


Jane Jacobs Was Right: Gradual Redevelopment Does Promote Community, The Atlantic Cities


Jane Jacobs and the Death and Life of American Planning, The Design Observer Group. Author, Thomas Campanella


 In with the old, out with the newMacleans. Brian Bethune, August 6, 2009. 

 Jane Jacobs (L), Robert Moses (R)

Jane Jacobs (L), Robert Moses (R)


"Jane Jacobs, Social Critic Who Redefined and Championed Cities, Is Dead at 89", New York Times, 2006.

 "Jane Jacobs, Robert Moses And City Planning Today", Gotham Gazette, 2006.


Lowry, Christopher, "Jane Jacobs: Prophet of Globalization? Yes, but with a (Local) Human Face", Behind the Headlines . vol. 55. no. 2. January-Mary 1998. 


Saunders, Doug, “Citizen Jane,” The Globe and Mail, 11 Oct 1997.

Kapusta, Beth, “How Jacobs Changed a City,” The Globe and Mail, 11 Oct 1997.

Hume, Christopher, “Jacobs sees humanity among urban concrete,” Toronto Star, 18 Sep 1997.

Martin, Sandra, “An urban legend,” Maclean’s, 20 Oct 1997.

Barber, John, “Jacobs embraced as economic guru,” The Globe and Mail, 15 Oct 1997.

Leonard Gilroy, Urban Planners Are Blind to What Jane Jacobs Really Saw, The Wall Street Journal, 2006 

Interviews with Jane Jacobs Jane Jacobs gives a half hour talk at the National Building Museum after receiving the Vincent Scully Prize on November 11, 2000. Jacobs was the author of "The Death and Life of Great American Cities". By John Z Wetmore, producer of "Perils For Pedestrians".

You can find the full transcribed text here, thanks to Chris Bradshaw.  

From CBC TV's "The Way It Is" program, circa 1969, urbanist and author Jane Jacobs comments on late 1960s Toronto and Montreal on how they have been planned and built, while condemning major highways planned for GTO.

"[T]he New Urbanists want to have lively centers in the places that they develop, where people run into each other doing errands and that sort of thing. And yet, from what I've seen of their plans and the places they have built, they don't seem to have a sense of the anatomy of these hearts, these centers.

From Ric Burns' masterful PBS documentary about New York City comes this inspiring David and Goliath story of the battle for human scale neighborhoods. If only we'd had a Charleston version of Jane Jacobs in the 60s.

Produced by the Active Living Network, a project of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. An interview with legendary author, Jane Jacobs, who wrote "The Death and Life of Great American Cities." The film explores the role of the built environment in physical activity and public health. 9:45 Total Length

Jane Jacobs: Parting Words captures urban thinker, writer, and activist Jane Jacobs (1916-2006) in her final public appearance in Portland, Oregon. On tour to promote her book, DARK AGE AHEAD (2004), Jacobs discusses the imperative for culturally diverse and innovative cities, among numerous other issues.