But what of the great urbanist Jane Jacobs, whose 100th birthday is being celebrated? I'll sit out for now the various "What Would Jane Do?" speculations, but rely on a wise observation from architecture critic Paul Goldberger, who suggested, "So if there is any way to follow Jane Jacobs, it is to think of her as showing us not a physical model for city form but rather a perceptual model for skepticism."
Ah, there are many triggers for skepticism.
Modular and Jacobs
To my mind, the modern redux of Jane Jacobs is to do this with well-designed, intelligent, mixed-use buildings--buildings that no only reach higher into the sky but deeper into our imaginations.
Hyperdense mixed-use places, if designed properly, with generous public spaces, proximities to parks, schools, and a wide range for retail and entertainment does not make for a Blade Runner city.