In 1955 the Committee to Save Washington Square Park was distributing flyers to alert the public about a proposal to drive a four-lane road through the center of the park. One neighborhood resident, then a writer with Architectural Forum, read it, and got involved. Tomorrow May 4th is the centenary of Jane Jacobs birth. We are joining the entire world in celebrating this milestone and hosting an event in her name here in Greenwich Village, where her vision and community organizing efforts were crystalized and first exercised.
One hundred years after her birth, the legacy of Jane Jacobs persists. So too do the forces of rampant top-down development that she worked to battle and transform.