Ed Glaeser on Jane Jacobs

His bottom line:

Successful cities need both the human interactions of Jane Jacobs and the enabling infrastructure of Robert Moses.

Here is the longer piece.  Hat tip goes to Ezra Klein.


I think Jane Jacobs just rolled over in her grave.

Tyler, which city do you think has the best balance between human interaction and infrastructure? I can think of Rotterdam or Zurich, but I have no idea.

@londenio I think Tokyo comes relatively close as well.

Russell Nelson:

The problem is also what Moses did. Consider this passage in Wikipedia, based on Caro's book on Moses:

For example, the construction of low overpasses on parkways were made purposely too low for buses to clear, and the veto against extending the Long Island Rail Road to Jones Beach, were to prevent the poor and racial minorities (largely dependent on public transit) from accessing the beach, while providing easy car access for wealthier white groups. In furtherance of this point of view, Caro also notes the provision of numerous park amenities on the West Side highway below 125th Street (the main street of Harlem) versus the provision of few (if any) amenities north of 125th Street. Fort Tryon Park and the Cloisters (both of which sit in the northern part of Manhattan Island) were built in Inwood, then an Irish Catholic neighborhood, rather than Harlem which is predominantly black.


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