Jane Jacobs and Parks

Anthony Flint, recent author of a book about Jane Jacobs, talks to ASLA's The Dirt blog about her influence on urban design and landscape architecture.

Flint discusses the battle over Washington Square Park in New York, which is a central conflict in his book about Jacobs.

In the ASLA interview, Flint says, "I've suggested some of the ways Jane Jacobs had a big impact on landscape architecture, public spaces, and park-making. It starts with the concept that parks are for people. But in some ways it's been a tricky exercise. Jacobs didn't believe in big plans, and valued the way that Washington Square Park brought people together on a more informal basis. For Jacobs, it was a perfect example of an unplanned and organic space."

Full Story: Interview with Anthony Flint, Author of “Wrestling with Moses: How Jane Jacobs Took on America’s Master Builder and Transformed

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