Cross-posted from National Resources Defense Council.
Amazingly, this is the first time I have seen and heard the late Jane Jacobs speak. Everyone in my world knows her work and her wisdom, of course: she was voted #1 in Planetizen‘s 2009 poll of urban thinkers.The excellent video below, produced by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, starts with some odd, dated footage but quickly becomes highly relevant to today’s thinking about communities and sustainability – and very enjoyable, too.
Her 1961 book The Death and Life of Great American Cities was immensely influential to the field of urban planning. Read about it on Wikipedia.