section 5-1 notes - 1. Jane Jacobs: "It may be that we...

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1. Jane Jacobs: "It may be that we have become so feckless as a people that we no longer care about how things work but only the kind of quick, easy outer impression that they get." Respond. 2. What was Jane Jacobs' ideology and view on methods of urban revitalization? What are the roles and practicalities of: parks, sidewalks, business interests, city government, streets, automobiles vs. pedestrians and boundaries. Given the readings of this course and the current sketchbook assignment how would you go about building public housing in your city? 3. Wirth states that city and country may be regarded as two poles in which all human settlements tend to organize themselves. In light of the interrelationships in the American city today as discussed in this course, are these categories still useful? Although the discussion will focus on Jacobs and Wirth, just a reminder that in terms of the exam you are responsible for keeping up with all the required readings. And do remember to find out about who you are reading. .! Who is Jacobs? Mackin? Wirth? Jacobs - lived in Greenwich village - supported neighborhoods - issue of security in the city o advocate for “eyes on the street” when you have people around they act as deterrents for crime Jane Jacobs The Death and Life of Great American Cities, Chapter 2 (20) -sidewalks serve many functions -sidewalks are given identity and meaning by the things that surround them. -keeping a city safe means keeping its streets and sidewalks safe. The slums are not necessarily the place where the problem of street danger lurks: the quiet residential neighborhoods, particularly newer middle class rebuilt parts of the city, are. 1. police force alone does no good. The residents themselves must have a network and eye on the street. 2. spreading people out, lowering density on the street, is not the answer; A well- used street is safer than a deserted one
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What makes something a safe street? 1. must have a clear demarcation between public and private space 2. Buildings must be oriented toward the street so that shop owners can have their eyes on it. 3. The sidewalk must have people on it. Strangers are good for a street that already has number one and two on the list, since they add eyes. To get people on the street, you need stores, bars, and restaurants at a bare minimum. 1. they give people reasons to be there 2. They cause people to walk past things and buildings in between them on the sidewalk which have no concrete public use. 3. storekeepers like peace and order, so add to the safety. 4. people going to these places attract other people who like to loaf around and watch them, which adds eyes term: “the Great Blight of Dullness” – a deep, functional sickness in a dead and dangerous area of the city. term: “Turf” – an area of buildings, streets, and parks in the city where residents and
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course LIT & ARTS B-20 taught by Professor Krieger during the Spring '07 term at Harvard.

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