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Urban Studies guru, Jane Jacobs, to be in town, May 20-22

jane jacobs is a very important writer/thinker. if you're concerned about the new Starbucks in 7 Corners, or about gentrification in N/NE, or about the henious plans for a new second downtown on the lower West Side, you should get into Jane Jacobs
From the Museum of the City  to PORTLAND AT THE CROSSROADS Symposium Partners




Jane Jacobs, long-time noted writer on cities and economics, will be visiting Portland May 20-22 and will be making two public appearances to which you are invited.  Please help spread the word.  Thank you.


Booksigning at Powell's City of Books on N.W. Burnside, 7:00 p.m., Thursday, May 20


Reception at Portland State University, Smith Memorial Union, Room 327/8, 11:30 a.m., Saturday, May 22


Jane Jacobs has been called "The Mother Theresa of Urban Planning" by the Village Voice. Her books include the groundbreaking The Death and Life of Great American Cities (1961), The Economy of Cities (1968), The Question of Separatism (1980), Cities and the Wealth of Nations (1984), Systems of Survival (1993), and The Nature of Economies (2000).  Her newest book, Dark Age Ahead, is being issued in May 2004 by Random House.  Mrs. Jacobs' work covers at least five distinct fields of inquiry: urban design, urban history, regional economics, morality of the economy, and ethics. Her writings have introduced a large audience to the debates in these fields. She is unique in her ability to articulate urban issues at different scales: the neighborhood, the city, the region, and the nation.

"There was a time when urban planning was just killing cities as rapidly as it could be applied. The whole idea was to separate every kind of use away from every other kind of use. A city won't work that way. You have to mix up uses together. The trouble now though I would say is there isn't enough thought about how things do change in cities and how you can make those changes allies, rather than enemies.

We do need places to come together. Casual encounters with one another are important in learning trust, and learning to be civilized in the use of the public space.  People always want to know what's going to happen in the future. And I'm no help on that because I'm no prophet. You know, most other people aren't any help either because other people aren't prophets either. I don't know why we're so hung up on what's going to happen. How it's going to be, what the city's going to be like in another hundred years, et cetera. I think that's nonsense. We ought to look and see what's happening now. People don't pay attention to what's happening right now, and seeing as far as possible that it's happening well, that it's going in the right direction. Because the only way I can be a prophet at all is to tell you that if you go in the wrong direction, it's going to be bad."



Chet Orloff
President, Museum of the City

3332 N.W. Savier Street/Portland, OR 97210
yay! 05.May.2004 21:49


great news, thanks for posting!