Jane Jacobs’ Is Planetizen’s Top Urban Planner, Shoup Fifteenth

0433_12innova.jpgJane Jacobs. Photo: BusinessWeek

may be experiencing an intellectual reconsideration in some corners,
but Jane Jacobs is still a beloved figure for the urban planners and
designers of Planetizen.

After a month-long online poll that saw more than 14,000 votes cast,
the site released its list of the "Top 100 Urban Thinkers" today — and
Jane was at the top. Her longtime antagonist Robert Moses came in at No. 23, nine spots ahead of current New York City Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan.

Other notables singled out by Planetizen readers include Frederick Law Olmsted, designer of New York’s Central Park (No. 4), Enrique Penalosa, Bogota’s former mayor and a dedicated proponent of bus rapid transit (No. 14), and Kaid Benfield, director of the Natural Resources Defense Council’s smart growth program (No. 42).

Check out the complete top 100 right here. Is anyone missing, or should anyone be ranked higher than they are?

  • Reading Jane Jacob’s Death And Life of Great American Cities is what planted the bug of really thinking about urban spaces in my brain. I can no longer walk down any street without considering the relative success or failure of the street and how it might be bettered by the principles of Jane Jacobs. I wish it were required reading for any person in a position of power over our cities.

  • Erik G.

    Wait a minute…

    Le Corbusier, Robert Moses and Henry Ford are all on that list.

    All three are destroyers, not to be emulated of commemorated.

    And Ford thought Hitler was swell.

  • DJB

    @ Gary

    I had a similar experience. JJ is awesome. All the more so since she wrote during urban renewal, the freeway boom, and massive postwar suburbanization. It might be a self-perpetuating thing though since I found out about her on Planetizen :)



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