• Museum at Eldridge Street (map)
  • 12 Eldridge Street
  • New York, NY, 10002
  • United States

Presented by the Center for the Living City

Sponsored by the Pratt Center for Community Development

A panel including Ronald Shiffman (planner, architect and NYC community development leader), Mindy Thompson Fullilove (psychiatrist interested in the links between the environment and mental health), and Sandy Ikeda (Professor of Economics at Purchase College), will speak 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 the group.
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Sandy Ikeda is an Associate Professor of Economics at Purchase College of the State University of New York and a Visiting Scholar and Research Associate at New York University.  He has lectured in North America, Europe, and Japan, and has published in Forbes and National Review Online, while his scholarly publications have appeared in The Southern Economic JournalThe Review of Austrian EconomicsEnvironmental PoliticsThe Independent Review, and Journal des Economistes et des Etudes Humaines.  

“In addition, he has published a book, Dynamics of the Mixed Economy (Routledge) and has contributed entries for The International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences (on Robert Moses) and for The Encyclopedia of Libertarianism (on Jane Jacobs, rent seeking, and interventionism).  He currently writes a fortnightly column “Wabi-sabi” for TheFreemanOnline.  Dr. Ikeda’s current research is on the relation between cities, social cooperation, and entrepreneurial development.


Mindy Thompson Fullilove, MD, is a research psychiatrist at New York State Psychiatric Institute and a professor of clinical psychiatry and public health at Columbia University.  She was educated at Bryn Mawr College (AB, 1971) and Columbia University (MS, 1971; MD 1978).  She is a board certified psychiatrist, having received her training at New York Hospital-Westchester Division (1978-1981) and Montefiore Hospital (1981-1982).  She has conducted research on AIDS and other epidemics of poor communities, with a special interest in the relationship between the collapse of communities and decline in health.  From her research, she has published Root Shock: How Tearing Up City Neighborhoods Hurts America and What We Can Do About It, and The House of Joshua: Meditations on Family and Place.  She has also published numerous articles, book chapters, and monographs.  She has received many awards, including inclusion on “Best Doctors” lists and two honorary doctorates (Chatham College, 1999, and Bank Street College of Education, 2002).  Her new book, Urban Alchemy: Restoring Joy in America’s Sorted-Out Cities, was published by New Village Press in June 2013. 


Ron Shiffman is a city planner with close to 50 years of experience providing architectural, planning, community economic development and sustainable development assistance to community-based groups in low- and moderate-income neighborhoods. In 1964, Ron Shiffman co-founded the Pratt Institute Center for Community and Environmental Development [PICCED], which is today the oldest continuously operated university-based community design and development center in the United States.

He sits on the boards of a number of local, national and international organizations committed to equitable and sustainable planning and development efforts such as The Center for the Living City, Sustainable Long Island, the Center for Social Inclusion, and Shared Interest.

Ron Shiffman is the recipient of numerous awards from community-based organizations and national advocacy groups, including local and national awards from ADPSR [Architects, Designers and Planners for Social Responsibility], the local chapters of the AIA and AICP, and the Municipal Art Society. He has authored a number of articles on urban planning, sustainable development, environmental and social justice and community economic development. He was lead editor of “Beyond Zuccotti Park- Freedom of Assembly and the Occupation of Public Space.” He has been a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners [AICP] since May 1985 and in April 2002 became a Fellow of the AICP. He was honored by the NYS American Institute of Architects in the fall of 2005 when honorary AIA membership was conferred upon him.

He recently received two prestigious awards: Rockefeller Foundation’s Jane Jacobs Lifetime Achievement Award and the American Planning Association’s National Planning Pioneer Award. The Planning Pioneer Award is presented to individuals who have made personal and direct innovations in American planning that have significantly and positively redirected planning practice, education, or theory with long-term results.

Immediately after Hurricane Katrina he worked with Tulane and Cornell Universities to organize planning professionals and educators to assist in response to the devastation that occurred. He is presently organizing Pratt Institute School of Architecture’s coordinated effort to assist in the rebuilding effort after Hurricane Sandy entitled “Rebuild, Adapt, Mitigate and Plan.”

He is a tenured professor at Pratt Institute’s School of Architecture where he chaired the Department of City and Regional Planning from 1991 to 1999. He was appointed to the NYC Planning Commission by David Dinkins and served on the Planning Commission from 1990-1996. He retired as Director of PICCED in July 2003 and is now a full time faculty member in Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment at the School of Architecture at Pratt Institute.