May 4, 2017

QUIZ: Which Side Of Jane Jacobs Are You?

  • By: Jared Foretek

Here at the National Trust, we typically celebrate Jane Jacobs for her inspiring preservation advocacy. She fearlessly organized against destructive highway projects in New York—taking on the all-powerful Robert Moses to preserve Washington Square Park—and Toronto, all the while arguing for the economic benefits of older buildings.

But Jacobs was also a remarkably rounded writer and thinker. She first built her reputation as a journalist, freelancing for the New York Herald Tribune and other local publications. Her first book, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, is now recognized as a seminal work for the type of community-based urban planning that’s taught today. And later in her career she was a prolific writer on regional economics.

As you can see, Jacobs was a heavyweight in many different fields. Take our quiz to find out which side of her you most embody!

Preservation Leadership Forum: Celebrating Jane Jacobs: How Her Advocacy Inspired Us to Measure Character

From a new documentary, "Citizen Jane: The Battle for the City"; to “A Marvelous Order,” an upcoming opera pitting Jacobs against her nemesis Robert Moses; to Jane Jacobs Walks, touring conversations about urban neighborhoods, she is all the rage. But who was Jane Jacobs, and what does she have to do with historic preservation in cities?

Jared Foretek is an editorial intern at the National Trust. He enjoys historic train stations, old bars, and interesting public spaces.

jforetek@savingplaces.org

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