Jane Jacobs, Tea Partier?

On the anniversary of Jane Jacobs birth 96 years ago, Anthony Flint explores the striking similarities between the planning doyenne and anti-planning agitators.

Flint looks at the complicated legacy that many of Jacobs' battles have left, from gentrification of Greenwich Village to overzealous Historic Preservation to the scourge of NIMBYism, and ends with a view of her principles as prescient of the Tea Party.

"Perhaps the greatest house-of-mirrors effect lies with the Tea Party, whose activists have been shutting down and disrupting planning meetings and public hearings across the country. Like Jane, these folks are anti-planning. Like Jane, there's a strong libertarian streak. The very tactics that brought about public participation are now being used by those with very different views from the progessive planners with the dog-eared copy of Death and Life on their shelf. Early on, from the battles over Washington Square Park to Lomex, Jane insisted on a singular guiding principle: no compromise. Don't accept the crumbs of mitigation in exchange for acquiescence. She didn't want a smaller highway - she wanted no highway. Jane Jacobs was a Tea Partier."

Thanks to Robert Steuteville

Full Story: A complicated legacy: Just how Jane would like it

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Jane Jacobs and Tea Party

"She didn't want a smaller highway — she wanted no highway. Jane Jacobs was a Tea Partier."

Find me someplace where the Tea Party is fighting against highways, and I will consider taking this seriously.

You might as well say that Rachel Carson didn't want to compromise - she wanted to ban DDT. Therefore, Rachel Carson was a Tea Partier.

Charles Siegel

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