Reason Magazine interviews Jane Jacobs about New Urbanism, city planning, Los Angeles, and how she would like to be remembered.
Jane Jacobs, author of the masterpiece, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, speaks with the conservative Reason Magazine. On the topic of New Urbanism, she says: "The 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 Ive seen of their plans and the places they have built, they dont seem to have a sense of the anatomy of these hearts, these centers. Theyve placed them as if they were shopping centers. They dont connect. In a real city or a real town, the lively heart always has two or more well-used pedestrian thoroughfares that meet. In traditional towns, often its a triangular piece of land. Sometimes its made into a park."
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