Sunday, January 20, 2008

Jane Jacobs medals, Year 2 nominations

The Rockefeller Foundation will be accepting nominations for the 2008 Jane Jacobs Medal on its web site through February 1. As the announcement states, "The 2008 Rockefeller Foundation Jane Jacobs Medals will recognize two living individuals whose creative vision for the urban environment has significantly contributed to the vibrancy and variety of New York City."

As I wrote when covering the inaugural dinner honoring Barry Benepe and Omar Freilla, it seems that "we are all Jacobsian now," given the widespread attendance of city leaders. However, we're not, and even Deputy Mayor Dan Doctoroff now acknowledges misgivings about the Atlantic Yards process.

Regarding Atlantic Yards, as I wrote regarding the Jane Jacobs & the Future of New York exhibit, I think the most enduring Jacobsian legacy is, as Paul Goldberger suggested in another context, a "model for skepticism."

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