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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

WTS March Reading Group

12:00 PM - 01:00 PM Pacific Standard Time



Please join for some stimulating conversation and light snacks as we discuss the next reading group material, The Death and Life of Great American Cities by Jane Jacobs.

Please join for some stimulating conversation and light snacks as we discuss the next reading group material, The Death and Life of Great American Cities by Jane Jacobs.

Since its first publication in 1961, this book has become the standard against which all endeavors in urban planning are measured. The book is a critique of 1950s urban planning policy, which it holds responsible for the decline of many city neighborhoods in the United States. Going against the modernist planning dogma of the era, it proposes a newfound appreciation for organic urban vibrancy.

Jane Jacobs writes about what makes streets safe or unsafe; about what constitutes a neighborhood, and what function it serves within the larger organism of the city; about why some neighborhoods remain impoverished while others regenerate themselves. She was a mother and a writer who criticized experts in the male-dominated field of urban planning. Jane Jacobs organized grassroots efforts to protect neighborhoods and was instrumental in the cancellation of the Lower Manhattan Expressway, which would have passed through SoHo and Little Italy, and the Spadina Expressway in Toronto.

Where: 2nd Floor Conference Room, Norton Building, 801 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA, 98104

When: Thursday March 21, 2019 from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Cost: Free! Feel free to bring your lunch. Come for discussion even if you haven’t finished the book. Coffee and snacks are provided.

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