Jane Jacobs

10 jaar geleden overleed Jane Jacobs (04/05/1916-25/04/2006). Ze was een urbaniste en activiste die in haar artikels en boeken een nieuwe visie schetste over hoe steden functioneren, evolueren en uiteindelijk soms gewoon mislukken. We kunnen haar gerust de peetmoeder van de moderne stadsplanning noemen nu de meeste van haar ideeën gemeengoed zijn bij architecten en stadsplanners.

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The world of urban planning is filled with epic conflicts and larger-than-life characters: The villain developer who bulldozes poor neighborhoods and tosses destitute residents out into the street. The band of misfit neighbors who join together to rise up and fight to save their community.

It’s dramatic. It’s impassioned. It may even be operatic.

"Not TV or illegal drugs but the automobile has been the chief destroyer of American communities," wrote Jane Jacobs back in 2004, pointing out that the vast majority of street design decisions in North America revolved around automobiles rather than people. The goal was twofold: to move the maximum number of vehicles through as quickly as possible, especially at peak time, and to provide drivers with enough space to park their vehicles.