Roberta Brandes Gratz

Planners and the Jane Jacobs Conundrum

When it comes to Jane Jacobs, planners pick and choose what they find useful, says Roberta Brandes Gratz, missing Jacobs central argument for grass-roots, bottom-up planning. Gratz reviews a new book "Reconsidering Jane Jacobs."

April 25, 2011 - Roberta Brandes Gratz

Enough With the 'Enough with Jane Jacobs' Already!

Was Jane Jacobs a NIMBY? Did she despise density? These sort of reevaluations of Jacobs' legacy are hot at the moment. Roberta Brandes Gratz explains why the naysayers are off base.

January 24, 2011 - Roberta Brandes Gratz

Shrinking Cities: Urban Renewal Revisited?

The theory that shrinking ailing cities is going to cure them is unproven and wrongheaded, says Roberta Brandes Gratz -- and is fueled by the same forces behind the urban renewal practices of the mid-20th century.

April 19, 2010 - Roberta Brandes Gratz

Community-Based Progress in Post-Katrina New Orleans

The grieving period has ended, and now resilient New Orleaneans are taking it upon themselves to rebuild their beloved city. Though it's sure to be a slow process, this could very well be community organization at its best.

November 26, 2008 - Roberta Brandes Gratz

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