As part of Jane Jacobs and the Future of New York, an interactive map using Google Maps has been created with different layers offering you a variety of information.
Additional layers will be added soon, but currently the map show how four "trackees" (people carrying GPS tracking devices) living in two different city neighborhoods used and observed their neighborhoods and the locations where the videos used in the exhibit and the videos of the Jane Jacobs Medal winners were shot. You can watch the videos through the map too.
Click here to view the map (opens in a new window).
If you have questions or comments about the map and the information it contains, go to the blog and let us know!
Video & Audio from Latest Panel Available
The Oversuccessful City, Part 2: Neighborhood Character in the Face of Change (Quicktime)
Full Length Audio (mp3), Tuesday, December 4, 2007.
The Oversuccessful City, part 1: Developers' Realities(Quicktime)
Full Length Audio (mp3),Tuesday, November 27, 2007
When the Big Get Bigger: New York's Universities and Their Neighborhoods(YouTube)
When the Big Get Bigger: New York's Universities and Their Neighborhoods(Quicktime)
Full Length Audio(mp3), Tuesday, November 6, 2007.
Can One Woman (Still) Make a Difference? Jane Jacobs and New York(YouTube.com)
Can One Woman (Still) Make a Difference? Jane Jacobs and New York (Quicktime)
Full Length Audio(mp3) Wednesday, October 31, 2007.
A Civic Activist Boot Camp: Working Within and Without the System (YouTube.com)
A Civic Activist Boot Camp: Working Within and Without the System (Quicktime)
Full Length Audio(mp3), Tuesday, October 16, 2007.
New Media, New Politics: Jane Jacobs and an Activist Press (YouTube.com)
New Media, New Politics: Jane Jacobs and an Activist Press(Quicktime),
Full Length Audio(mp3), Tuesday, October 9, 2007.
Across the city various community groups, organizations and nonprofits work tirelessly on behalf of the communities. Having identified issues affecting them, they have, in many cases, moved mountains and overcome huge impediments, in solving them for the benefit of community residents. This section offers brief overviews of the work and successes of three organizations currently working in New York City to improve their neighborhoods, implementing Jane Jacobs's principles in their own way.
Sustaining mixed uses and diversity requires affordable housing — today, an all-the-more paramount issue in the city. Activist groups often work with architects, lawyers, planners, and other professionals to promote projects that improve neighborhoods, rather than merely preserve them. Nos Quedamos, for example, organized locals not just to fight the proposed urban-renewal plan but to draft an alternative. Its plan featured density, a mix of uses, and paths toward sustainable growth. Nos Quedamos also formed a community-development corporation to actually build what it envisioned. Similarly, NAG came to the table with the local Community Board, affordable housing advocates, parks advocates, historic preservationists, elected officials, civic groups, and diverse local constituencies to hammer out consensus-based neighborhood plans that sought to guide future development. In 1996, UPROSE began to focus on training the next generation of organizers through community education, intergenerational indigenous leadership, advocacy, and community-based planning.
Nos Quedamos (We Stay) is nonprofit community development corporation comprised of residents and members of the local business community from the South Bronx, committed to preserving their voice and vision for their community and its future. Click here to watch a short video in which executive director Yolanda Gonzalez talks about her work and goals for Nos Quedamos.
Neighbors Allied for Good Growth (formerly Neighbors Against Garbage) is a Williamsburg, Brooklyn, based community organization that was born out of the neighborhood's desire to recapture its waterfront, reduce local environmental hazards, and advocate for public policies promoting healthy mixed-use communities. Click here to watch a short video of Peter Gillespie, NAG executive director, describing how the organization formed and how they have been successful in their advocacy.
UPROSE (United Puerto Rican Organization of Sunset Park) was founded in 1966 by Puerto Rican activists as the emerging Puerto Rican community faced social service and social justice challenges. Today, their community activism and organization advocates primarily for environmental, social and economic justice for the Sunset Park community. Click here to watch a short video in which UPROSE executive director Elizabeth Yeampierre and director of youth leadership and ongoing development Frank Torres discuss their organization and how their community activism follows Jane Jacobs's principles.
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The legacy of Jane Jacobs was reawakened by a new generation of young New Yorkers when fourteen high school students from across the city took on the role of “Jane Jacobs Interns” this past summer. After receiving an introduction to Jacobs’s principles, two of these students, with the help of their peers, developed and led walking tours based on observations of their own neighborhoods. A resident of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, intern Steven Heinitz described the unique aspects of his community, while Richard Moody shared comments about distinct places near his home in Co-Op City, in the Bronx.