r.i.p.: jane jacobsJane Jacobs, quite possibly one of the most influential urban planners ever, passed away today in toronto today.
she is locally famous for stopping an expressway from being built through lower manhattan by robert moses. in her great book the death and life of great american cities she presents a critique of urban renewal, advocating walking scaled, mixed use and mixed income neighborhoods as the key to successful cities. in more recent history, it has almost been a year since she spoke out against the then-just-planned rezoning of williamsburg.
oh and one more thing. she was a canadian, of course.