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October 12, 2006

Planning Chair Burden claims Jacobsian mantle, discards it for AY

Atlantic Yards Report

Yesterday StreetsBlog was wondering if Amanda Burden has been MIA on Atlantic Yards. Norman Oder found Burden at last night's CUNY Graduate School lecture:

JaneJacobs02.jpgAmanda Burden, chair of the City Planning Commission, knows the lessons of Jane Jacobs (right): the primacy of the street, the value of blocks and complexity, the importance of public participation. She said so last night, at a panel discussion at the CUNY Graduate School assessing the legacies of Jacobs and her oft-antagonist Robert Moses.

Then, just a few minutes after proudly claiming the Jacobsian mantle, Burden discarded it for reflexive defense of the Atlantic Yards plan her boss, Mayor Mike Bloomberg, has enthusiastically endorsed.

It was a moment of mental whiplash in a wide-ranging discussion that included issues of infrastructure, mixed-income housing, and even the massive challenges facing New Orleans, but turned back to Atlantic Yards as much as anything else.

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Posted by lumi at October 12, 2006 8:39 AM