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December 19, 2007

The Jane Jacobs exhibit: a worthy reaffirmation but just the start of a longer discussion

Atlantic Yards Report

Haven't had the time to tour the Municipal Art Society's Jane Jacobs and the Future of New York exhibit? Haven't had the chance to pick up the exhibit's companion book, Block by Block?

Fear not! Atlantic Yards Report's Norman Oder has neatly summarized both, in the first part of a planned two-part series. His second installment will filter the exhibition through the prism of Atlantic Yards, or vice-versa.

What does the exhibit say about Atlantic Yards? Nothing much directly—an understandable if debatable curatorial choice—but the principles it raises, especially Jacobs’s insistence on neighborhood voices, do call the project into question, even as the project has been proferred as a solution to some challenges of growth Jacobs may not have fully confronted. (More on this in Part 2.)

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For those of you who would like to experience the exhibit first hand, it has been extended until January 26th. Click here for more info.

Posted by lumi at December 19, 2007 10:25 AM