Walk Jane Jacobs Way

East, East Coast
Thursday, July 9, 2009
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555 Hudson Street

555 Hudson Street (Courtesy naparstek.com)

In her 1961 book, “The Death and Life of Great American Cities,” Jane Jacobs documented and analyzed the urban street life visible outside her home in Greenwich Village, revolutionizing the way people and planners think about cities, urban planning, and development. In honor of her legacy, the preservation group which she helped found, the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation (GVSHP), initiated a proposal for the street in front of her former home at 555 Hudson Street between Perry and West 11th Streets to be renamed “Jane Jacobs Way.”

In a released statement by the GVSHP, Executive Director Andrew Berman said, “Jane Jacobs had such a profound effect upon our city and our lives; there are few people more worthy of the honor of having a street co-named in their honor.” Approved in 2006 by the local Community Board and the full City Council, the naming will take effect early next week with the installation of the official “Jane Jacobs Way” signs.

2 Responses to “Walk Jane Jacobs Way”

  1. Corbu says:

    Jane Jacobs preached, amomg other things, that building “new” tenements without elevators like the ones from a century ago would help make a community. She then moved to Toronto where I bet she never had to walk up six flights of stairs to reach her apartment.

  2. Roberta Brandes Gratz says:

    She didn’t but plenty of people are happy to do so if the rent is right and the apartment is bigger than they could otherwise afford.

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