Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.”

Jane Jacobs




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Jane Jacobs


Jane Jacobs (1916-2006) was an urbanist and activist whose writings championed a  community-based approach to city building. She had no formal training as a planner, and yet her book, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, 1961 introduced ground-breaking ideas about how cities function, evolve and fail, that should be common sense to  architects, planners, and politicians but is it?

Simone Kay 2019

Kingston town centre- my home town of > 30 years; who does it belong to?

Who decides if it should be a 'concretopia'?

Certain species reach a tipping point where they can no longer find food unless they are scavengers such as crows and pigeons.

How can we ensure that valuable natural assets will be retained in major new developments?

We can be sure- that as it becomes more and more unsuitable for wildlife- it becomes unsuitable for us.

copyright Alison Fure

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