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September 26, 2007

We are all Jacobsian now--but what about process?

Atlantic Yards Report

jjmedal.jpgNorman Oder reports on Monday's reception and awards ceremony, which was keyed to the opening of the Jane Jacobs exhibit at the Municipal Art Society. Oder examines many of the movers, players and shakers in attendance:

At the ceremony Monday, Jacobs medal winner Omar Freilla, founder of Green Worker Cooperative in the Bronx, in his acceptance speech, talked about how reading Jacobs’s The Death and Life of Great American Cities “resonated with a lot of of what I’m feeling.” Jacobs bequeathed “a love of humanity and a love of democracy,” an inspiration to his own work for environmental justice and economic development, aiming to establish a facility to transform construction waste “green collar” jobs.

Freilla, however, challenged the general air of civic self-satisfaction. “Do we have a say in our lives and decisions?” he asked. The answer: infrequently. It was a bracing reminder of the importance of process and one that Jacobs, I’d imagine, would have applauded.

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Posted by lumi at September 26, 2007 8:42 AM