Is Andrew Blum trying to get Jane Jacobs to roll over in her grave? You can decide for yourself in his essay “Local Cities, Global Problems: Jane Jacobs in an Age of Global Change,” which will be published in the book Block by Block: Jane Jacobs and the Future of New York (alongside quite an incredible list of contributors, we must say), to support the exhibition “Jane Jacobs and the Future of New York.” (And because we know you’ll ask, book, exhibition and a t-shirts are designed by karlssonwilker.)
Blum goes off (and rather eloquently) on Jacobs’ rabid inclination to put the old neighborhood first when, in fact, we’re all becoming part of one big global, bloggified neighborhood that’s pretty well-connected, but desperately in need of some more sustainable solutions, which new development can certainly provide. Cue the preservationists with lit torches…now. We wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if Blum’s visited by a certain ghost in round black spectacles this Halloween.