A Book and Civic Engagement Project

New Village Press and The Center for the Living City have teamed up to bring you the book What We See: Advancing the Observations of Jane Jacobs, a collection of original essays by leading thinkers that honors the late Jane Jacobs. Here are fresh and timely ideas to springboard public dialog, community activism and celebration of what's local. On the What We See website you'll find news of forums led by the book's contributing authors, guidelines for starting study circles or conducting informal neighborhood (Jane’s) walks, plus ideas for block parties, mapping community assets, and many creative forms of community sharing.

Read the book, follow the blogs of our contributing authors, and get into the dialog yourself! Jane believed in public conversations and a goal of What We See is to spark discussion, learning, and citizen participation in the building of vibrant community.


What We See cover

What We See refreshes Jane Jacobs' economic, social and urban planning theories for the present day. More than thirty renowned pundits and practitioners combine their personal observations with meditations on Jacobs' insights for the living city.

The book models itself after Jacobs' collaborative approach to city and community building, asking citizens and niche specialists to share their knowledge with each other. What We See asks us all to join the conversation about next steps for shaping socially just, environmentally friendly, and economically prosperous communities.

ISBN 978-0-9815593-1-5
Hardbound with dustjacket, 384 pages. Includes a comprehensive studyguide and index.

Edited by Stephen Goldsmith and Lynne Elizabeth. Foreword by Michael Sorkin.

Click here to order your copy.



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Contributing Authors:

Janine Benyus
Hillary Brown
Robert Cowan
David Crombie
Pierre Desrochers
Samuli Leppälä
Matias Sendoa Echanove
Nan Ellin
Mindy Thompson Fullilove
Jan Gehl
Arlene Goldbard
Roberta Brandes Gratz
Ken Greenberg
Nabeel Hamdi
Chester Hartman
Sanford (Sandy) Ikeda
Allan Jacobs
Daniel Kemmis
Jaime Lerner
Elizabeth Macdonald
Clare Cooper Marcus
Richard Register
Mary Rowe
Janette Sadik-Khan
Saskia Sassen
Ron Shiffman
Robert Sirman
Rahul Srivastava
James Stockard
Ray Suarez
Deanne Taylor
Alexie M. Torres-Fleming
Susan Witt
Peter Zlonicky

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