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April 27, 2006


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Jane Jacobs a calm voice in the wilderness caused by the hubris of those who know what is best for everyone else.

She had some pretty moronic political views, but the woman knew the urban landscape inside and out, and much can be forgiven of genius. JJ ranks high in my personal pantheon of heroes.

(How many standard-issue East Coast liberals had sufficient courage of their convictions to relocate the entire family to Canada to facilitate the draft-dodging of their military-age sons?)

Unsurprisingly, Sissy, you picked up on my favorite grace note from the NY Times obit... "What a dear, sweet character she isn't."


Her work on urban planning, along with Whyte's "The Social Life Of Small Urban Spaces" should be required reading for anyone who cares about cities.

Hey, Barry . . . You might be interested in Polis blog's "Nominate the Best Jane Jacobs Block in NYC":


I wouldn't be surprised if you, Carrie, Mr. G and the Chows live in just such a block. :)

Sissy, check your mailbox. Just tried to e-mail you, and got a "mailbox full" message.

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