Jane Jacobs

One of my favorite Torontonians gone this week, at 89. A long life, and in Death and Life, a great contribution. Her simple premise still makes sense. If you love New York, and you know you do, create it elsewhere:

“Death and Life” made four basic recommendations for creating municipal diversity: 1. A street or district must serve several primary functions. 2. Blocks must be short. 3. Buildings must vary in age, condition and use. 4. Population must be dense.