Authors Robert Kanigel (Eyes on the Street: The Life of Jane Jacobs) and Richard Schragger (City Power: Urban Governance in a Global Age)–through the life of urban activist Jane Jacobs and the perspective of municipal law–explore the nature of cities, how we think about cities, how we live in and use cities, and how cities govern.
Why should you attend?
“A powerful and all too rare biography of the making of a female public intellectual . . . It’s thrilling to read here about Jacobs’s public face-offs with minions of Robert Moses over the Lower Manhattan Expressway project; but, it’s just as thrilling to be privy to how she developed her thinking about how cities worked.” —Maureen Corrigan, NPR’s Fresh Air
“City Power challenges conventional thinking about what cities should be empowered to do. Instead of focusing on an inter-jurisdictional battle for economic growth, it argues, cities should concentrate on improving basic city services for their own citizens. Whether you agree or argue with it, this book will sharpen your thinking about city power and city powerlessness. A real contribution.” —Gerald Frug, Harvard Law SchoolRate this Program