Remembering Jane Jacobs on Her Birthday

Jane Jacobs was born on May 4, 1916. An early member of our Board of Advisors and instigator of a radical rethinking of what made cities and neighborhood work, Jane remains an inspiration to us and our work. She helped save the West Village and SoHo from destruction, got cars out of Washington Square, and showed how communities typically know what they need better than distant bureaucrats and profit-driven developers. Each year her birthday is celebrated across the globe with Jane’s Walks, in which communities celebrate and engage places that are special to them.

Jane Jacobs at protest outside P.S. 41, © Estate of Fred W. McDarrah, from our historic archive

For us, continuing Jane’s legacy is a year-round affair, as we fight against plans large and small by City Hall and Big Real Estate to destroy or exploit our neighborhoods. We also work to keep alive a record of her words, deeds, and impact. Here’s a few ways you can too:

May 6, 2021