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Jacobs vs. Moses in WNYC's History

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

As part of WNYC's 90th anniversary celebration, Kenneth T. Jackson, Editor in Chief of The Encyclopedia of New York City: Second Edition (Yale University Press; 2 edition, 2010) and president emeritus of the New York Historical Society, listens to archival audio of Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs giving speeches that reflect their influence on the definition of urbanism and New York and discusses their lasting impact on the city.

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NYPR Archives & Preservation

She Woke Up Like: Jane Jacobs

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Activist, journalist, and author Jane Jacobs was well known for her opposition to Robert Moses and his plans to re-shape New York’s urban landscape. Jacobs was instrumental in the eventual cancellation of the Lower Manhattan Expressway, which would have passed directly through Washington Square Park and in 1968 she was arrested for inciting a crowd at a public hearing on the project.

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NYPR Archives & Preservation

Jane Jacobs Defends Urbanism in 1960s New York City Planning

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Jane Jacobs, in this 1962 appearance at a Books and Authors Luncheon, explains her current role as a community leader in the fight against what she views as the excesses and excrescences of the arrogant Modernist redesign of city neighborhoods.

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Talk to Me

Robert Moses vs. Jane Jacobs

Monday, May 24, 2010

Jane Jacobs and Robert Moses are routinely pitted against each other--or at least their philosophies are--in conversations regarding street life and car and highway culture in New York City.   Earlier this spring, the Museum of the City of New York hosted a panel discussion on the two big thinkers called "Robert Moses, Jane Jacobs and the Automobile." The auditorium was packed, and the conversation lively, as discussions on these contentious subjects often are.

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WNYC News

Jane Jacobs Way

Monday, July 13, 2009

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A block of Hudson Street in the West Village has been named "Jane Jacobs Way" in honor of the urban planning activist who fought to preserve the neighborhood by campaigning for sidewalks and against highways.
Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer says Jacobs' spirit and vision are ...

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Studio 360

Perfect Pitch, Jane Jacobs, Brian Eno

Saturday, January 26, 2002

We talk about art that evolves from the bottom up. Kurt Andersen and writer Steven Johnson describe what happens when a zillion little decisions add up to something surprising and whole. We find this quality — "emergence" — in the work of urban theorist Jane Jacobs, and in new music ...