Jane Jacobs, Key Principles for Building Better Cities

New York City, Strong Towns

Sidewalks as a means to ensure street safety.

First, public and private space must be clearly demarcated.

Second, there must be eyes on the street

Photographs of the streets of New York by Arthur Leipzig

Third, sidewalks must have users fairly continuously.

Sidewalks as a means to foster contacts.

Photographs of the streets of New York by Arthur Leipzig

Sidewalks as a means to assimilate children.

Photographs of the streets of New York by Arthur Leipzig
Photographs of the streets of New York by Arthur Leipzig

“I was scared they would catch me when I had to pass the playground. If they caught me there I’d be sunk!” (Jacobs, 77)

Parks as mirrors of their own neighborhoods.

“The more successfully a city mingles everyday diversity of uses and users in its everyday streets, the more successfully, casually, and economically, its people thereby enliven and support well-located parks that can in thus give back grace and delight to their neighborhoods instead of vacuity.” (Jacobs, 111)

Neighborhoods as a complex and continuous fabric of intersecting streets and uses.

Photographs of the streets of New York by Arthur Leipzig

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