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The Notion of a Liveable City
 
A Review of

Eyes on the Street:
The Life of Jane Jacobs
 

Robert Kanigel

Hardback: Knopf, 2016.
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Reviewed by Jeff Crosby
 
 
 
When she was choosing a school for her undergraduate studies a decade ago, New York University in lower Manhattan rose to the top of my daughter’s list of options. The vibrancy of a world-class city, the exposure to the arts and the melting pot of global cultures, and the imprimatur of a diploma from NYU, all lured her to New York.

The cost of her matriculating there for four years and the relative lack of financial aid (apart from the kind that has to be repaid!) prompted me, on the contrary, to suggest that a well-known southern school – a similarly well-endowed but financially generous university in Nashville – just might be the sensible way to go.

NYU and my daughter won.

Financially prudent dad lost.

But really, we both won in the end, for had my daughter not attended New York University I might never have explored Washington Square Park in all the seasons of the year, or partaken of the delightful galleries on Broome Street in SoHo, or the eateries and street music of the cobblestone walkways around Greenwich Village.

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One of this week’s best new book releases is:
 

Eyes on the Street:
The Life of Jane Jacobs

Robert Kanigel

Hardback: Knopf, 2016
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The author recently was interviewed about the book on WYPR, an NPR affiliate in his hometown of Baltimore.
 

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Here are a few new book releases from this week that are worth checking out:

(Where possible, we have also tried to include a review/interview related to the book…)

  

The Great Spiritual Migration: How the World’s Largest Religion Is Seeking a Better Way to Be Christian

Brian McLaren

 

Read a NY Times op-ed about this book..

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Today is the birthday of Jane Jacobs…

In honor of the occasion, we offer 5 short videos that introduce her work on cities and economies.

Jane Jacobs’ book The Economies of Regions is available for 99c as a Kindle ebook! [ Get Your Copy Now ]

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Urban Design: Toronto / Montreal – 1969

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“Another unsettling element in modern art is that common symptom of immaturity, the dread of doing what has been done before.”
-Edith Wharton,
who died on this date, 1937
 
Poem of the Day:
Faith Against Sight

John Henry Newman,
who died on this date, 1890
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Kindle Ebook Deal of the Day: 
The Economy of Regions
By Jane Jacobs

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The Wake Up Call – August 11, 2014

 

Jane JacobsI have been digging into Jane Jacobs’s books recently and was excited to find this 1993 video yesterday.

[ Read an Excerpt of Jane Jacobs’s last book – DARK AGE AHEAD ]

In this video, Jacobs and Lee Cullum discuss the renewal and morality of cities in the Dallas Institute of Humanity and Culture’s 1993 “What Makes a City Conference: The Sacred Center.”

If you’re interested in hearing Jane Jacobs, start the video at 14:30. Before that point, there’s a LONG intro about the lecture series, which provides some context, but can easily be skipped.

***Books by Jane Jacobs
 
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2014 will mark the 10th anniversary of the release of this important book by Jane Jacobs, but it is strikingly relevant today in light of the government shutdown and the looming possibility of economic default.

Dark Age Ahead
Jane Jacobs

Paperback: Vintage, 2004.
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I have recently written a reflection on
the relevance of this book by Jane Jacobs
in the midst of the present government shutdown

 
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The Wake Up CallThe Wake Up Call –
8 November 2012

Like the smell of strong coffee wafting down the hall, we offer a few book-related thoughts and stories to jumpstart your day…

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Today is World Urbanism Day.
Here are our reviews of a couple recent books that have impacted how we think about urbanism: 
[ Eric Jacobsen – The Space Between ]  [ Cities for People – Jan Gehl ]

  

And perhaps most notable, watch this video intro to Jane Jacobs’ book The Death and Life of Great American Cities.

  

Poem of the Day – “On Time” by John Milton.  Remembering Milton who died on this day in 1674

  

Book News:

  

Thanks be to God for this new day, may it be full of beauty and grace!

The Wake Up Call image via WikiMedia Commons

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Jane Jacobs - Death and Life of Great American CitiesHere’s a nice book trailer that introduces Jane Jacobs’s classic book, The Death and Life of Great American Cities.

Which, incidentally, is the classic book we review in our coming print issue!

Death and Life of Great American Cities.

50th Anniversary Edition.

Jane Jacobs.

Hardback: Modern Library 2011.
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“Liberating Parks…
And Bringing them Back to the People”

A review of
Public Parks: The Key to Livable Communities.

By Alexander Garvin.

Reviewed by Chris Smith.

Public Parks: The Key to Livable Communities.
By Alexander Garvin.

Hardback: Norton, 2010.

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PUBLIC PARKS - Alexander GarvinAs one who has been experimenting for several years now with urban naturalism, I have a deep appreciation for greenspaces in which the abundant life of creation is not quite as enslaved to the best laid plans of humanity.  Thus, I was excited to hear about the release of Alexander Garvin’s book Public Parks: The Key To Livable Communities.  Starting with the definition of a park as “public open spaces that are available to all citizens free of charge,” Garvin proceeds to narrate the relatively brief history of parks (according to this definition), and to lay out a basic philosophy of parks that takes into consideration such factors as site selection, stewardship and finance.

Garvin’s account of parks is centered around the lives and work of two key figures: Fredrick Law Olmsted and Robert Moses.  Olmsted, not only was the co-designer of New York’s Central Park, but the firm he founded would eventually design and create roughly six thousand of the earliest North American parks, an undertaking that spanned the continent from coast to coast.  Although Robert Moses is most recognized as an urban planner who fought to modernize New York City and who inaugurated several key expressways across that city, he perhaps is equally significant for his quarter-century of work as New York City Parks Commissioner (1934-1960).  Olmsted and Moses were undoubtedly chosen not only for their noble stature in the history of North American parks development, but also because they both approached the task of park development as part of a larger strategy of urban planning, an approach to which Garvin is apparently sympathetic and also one that was perhaps the greatest detriment to his account of parks (as we will explore later in this review).  Before I dive too deeply into a critique of this work, allow me to emphasize that Public Parks is an elegant book, well-designed with many large, color photographs that breathe life into Garvin’s streamlined narration of the history, meaning and operation of parks.  Additionally, the book serves as a good introduction to the history of parks and to the basic ideas related to the development and maintenance of parks. Continue Reading…