Saturday, 14 May 2016

The Guardian series 'Story of Cities'

In one of the best webbased archives on the history of cities, the Guardian portraits cities all over the world. Strangely enough Budapest was not yet presented in the series, but perhaps 'Mission Possible' will change that. However, in one of the stories the urbanist battle between the 'power and privileged' and the regular people was described rather well. In the classic tale of Jane Jacobs vs Robert Moses we see all characteristics of bottom top city development vs top down citymaking passing the revue. A good read!

In a great piece on what would have been the 100ieth birthday of Jane Jacobs the great scholar and activist Saskia Sassen reflects on the legacy Jane Jacobs left behind. Saskia Sassen herself wrote a nightmarish fairytale for the Guardian on how London has been sold out to vampires, dragons and other imaginary monsters....

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