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.
January 13, 2010, 10am PST | Tim Halbur
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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."

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