walk – observe – connect

Center for the Living City

Inspired by the work of Jane Jacobs, the Center for the Living City’s purpose is to enhance our understanding of the complexity of contemporary urban life and through it, promote increased civic engagement of citizens who care deeply for their communities. Through generative portals including symposia, exhibitions, fellowships, workshops, and publications, individuals and organizations can connect with others addressing the interrelated issues of economies, ecologies, society and city building.


What We See: Advancing the Observations of Jane Jacobs

The Center for the Living City in collaboration with New Village Press have teamed up to bring you the book What We See, a collection of original essays by leading thinkers that honors the late Jane Jacobs. Here are fresh and timely ideas to springboard public dialog, community activism and celebration of what’s local. Scheduled for publication in May of 2010 in coordination with our annual Jane’s Walks, the book will provoke new ways of seeing the challenges of our time, and offers meaningful ways to engage your community in the changes you feel are important. Click here to learn more about this project, supported in part through the generosity of The Rockefeller Foundation, Furthermore Foundation, The Newburgh Institute, Martha Jean Shuttleworth, and Gregory O’Connell.

What We See has been named to the Top 10 Urban Planning Books of the Year for 2011 by Planetizen!

Click here to see the list.

What We See wins first ever “Jane Jacobs Urban Communication Book Award” by the Urban Communications Foundation.

Click here for the press release.

Jane’s Walk

Jane’s Walk is a series of free neighborhood walking tours that helps put people in touch with their environment and with each other by bridging social and geographic gaps and creating a space for cities to discover themselves.  This year’s walks will occur on May 1st and 2nd. Since its inception in 2007, Jane’s Walk’s have occurred in hundreds of cities throughout North America, and is growing internationally. Click here to learn about 2010 Jane’s Walks and Rolls, and consider conducting or joining a walk in your community.

Toward a Just Metropolis: From Crises to Possibilities

This June 16th to the 20th the Center for the Living City is teaming up with  Architects / Designers / Planners for SocialResponsibility (ADPSR), New Village PressPlanners Network (PN), YoungPlanners Network, and Association for Community Design (ACD)  to merge the annual conferences of these national and international organizations, which have brought together progressive urbanists and innovative ideas for more than three decades. The June 2010 conference, anchored at the University of California, Berkeley, unites planners, architects, designers, urban activists, educators, journalists, policymakers, academics, students and concerned citizens from diverse backgrounds across North America who share a passion for social, environmental and economic justice. Click here to learn more about the conference, register early and consider creating a workshop proposal for this important national gathering of people committed to advancing change in our communities.



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There is widespread belief that Americans hate cities. I think it is probable that Americans hate city failure, but, from the evidence, we certainly do not hate successful and vital city areas.

The Death and Life of Great American Cities




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