Here is a video interview, produced by Active Living Network, with famed author and social activist Jane Jacobs. In 1961, Jacobs published The Death and Life of Great American Cities, a bold response to the city planning strategies of her time and the proposals by planners such as Robert Moses. She used her real-world experiences and observations from her own street in the West Village of New York City to comment on how people interacted in neighborhoods – which areas were busiest, safest and most conducive to living. In this video, Jacobs gives insight into how cities can bounce back from the environment created by the automobile through simple and affordable means such as “tree planting, traffic taming and community events”. Read on for more after the break. Jane Jacobs’ political and social struggle with Robert Moses was prominent at the time. Moses streamed forward with large scale projects, razing neighborhoods to make way for highways and expressways all over New York City. Cross Bronx Expressway near West Farms Square/East Tremont and the Bruckner Expressway near Hunts Point in the Bronx are fine examples of the social biases associated with Moses’ planning. Both areas had a low-income population and were subjected to relocation based on giving more to automobile industry. Jacobs opposed not only the Moses’ disinterest in the people of the neighborhoods, but the fundamental changes that large-scale roadways brought to neighborhoods.
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