Sunday, December 16, 2007

Jane Jacobs exhibit extended through January 26

The exhibit Jane Jacobs and the Future of New York, originally scheduled to close on January 5, has been extended through January 26.

That gives New Yorkers more time to explore an important exhibit; while it occupies a modest amount of space, in two rooms at the Municipal Art Society's (MAS) Urban Center, it covers a lot of ground and offers many implications for the future.

Perhaps the extension will give the MAS and the Rockefeller Foundation, chief funder of the exhibit, more time to organize another panel discussion on Jacobs's legacy and its relevance to today's New York.

I attended each of the several panels associated with the exhibit and even participated in one; each touched on important tensions concerning the city's growth and also exposed a sense of unease; there was clearly a hunger in the audience to continue the discussion.

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