Jane Jacobs on Economies and Nature

Jane Jacobs talks about her book “The Nature of Economies.”  In it, she asserts that economies are governed by the same rules as nature itself.

“[T]he New Urbanists want to have lively centers in the places that they develop, where people run into each other doing errands and that sort of thing. And yet, from what I’ve seen of their plans and the places they have built, they don’t seem to have a sense of the anatomy of these hearts, these centers. They’ve placed them as if they were shopping centers. They don’t connect.”

—Jane Jacobs

Jane Jacobs—Neighborhoods in Action

A great video produced by the Active Living Network (a project of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation). The clip explores the role of the built environment in physical activity and public health and features an interview with the urban goddess herself. It’s 9 minutes and 46 seconds VERY well spent.

I love Jane Jacobs’ support for skateboarding as an important of youth physical activity. There are lots of good aphorisms at the end as well.

What I Talked about at TEDxScottsdale

On April 21st, I had the honor of speaking at TEDxScottsdale. My presentation was entitled: Finding My Way Through the Urban Desert.

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