On Jane Jacobs, gentrification, and new ideas needing old buildings

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credit: Lloyd Alter

Doors Open is a Toronto institution, where once a year buildings normally closed to the public are opened for guided tours. Jane's walk "is a movement of free, citizen-led walking tours inspired by Jane Jacobs." They got together to do a presentation of short lectures by architects, activists and me, TreeHugger's (former) managing editor.

It is a Pecha Kucha format, where the speaker gets to show twenty slides, twenty seconds per slide. My talk focused on the pushback against the ideas of Jane Jacobs, promoted these days by the so-called Market Urbanists, who I believe are either willfully misrepresenting her ideas or never read her in the first place. You can listen and watch in the 400 second video below or click and read the rest of it in slideshow format.

doors open: new ideas need old buildings from Lloyd Alter on Vimeo.

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