Thomas J. Campanella for the
The Design Observer writes a terrific piece on Jane JacobsPlanning in America has been reduced to smallness and timidity, and largely by its own hand. So it’s no surprise that envisioning alternative futures for our cities and towns and regions has defaulted to nonplanners such as William McDonough and Richard Florida, Andrés Duany and Rem Koolhaas, and journalists such as Joel Kotkin and James Howard Kunstler. Jane Jacobs was just the start.

It continues to beg the question how current urban planners have failed to see the bigger picture.  Progress has been made, easily one can note the West Side Highway beautification, yet it’s the inner shell of the city, particularly, New York which needs critical attention.