Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Jane Jacobs [1916-2006]

Fellow Designers and friends,

I just found out today, that Jane Jacobs, the great theorist and critic of all things urban, passed away recently.

As most of you know, Jane Jacobs did not solely address urban issues; she also touched on economics, politics, and sociology. An illustrious writer, thinker and activist, she constantly sought to make our cities a safer, more vibrant, and healthier place to live in.

On the 25th of April 2006, North America, and especially Toronto (her city by choice), lost an important member of its urban advocates and defenders. She had to abandon this world at the age of 89,
leaving behind pivotal books and papers, and handing us urban aficionados, the torch to carry on. I guess it is up to us now to honor and continue her ultimate quest: making our lives better. I don’t think this is too much to ask... is it?

So today, in memoriam of this grand intellectual, thinker and writer, browse the net, open your books, go back to your articles, and read one of her quotes or paragraphs… then go outside, stomp your feet on the sidewalk, send your vibrations throughout metropolis, and go on a little stroll around the block. Walk, bike, or take public transportation, meander in the bustling city, and by all means... Keep your "eyes on the street"...

photo source http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/wit/ped.htm

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