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The Rockefeller Foundation sponsors the wonderful Jane Jacobs Award contest that recognizes people whose creative uses of the urban environment build a more diverse, dynamic and equitable city. So enter the 2010 contest by March 1.
There are two awards, one for New Ideas and activism and one for Lifetime Leadership and contribution. The award money is serious—$200,000 is shared by the two winners. As Rockefeller puts it: “Together the medalists represent the creativity, innovation and dynamism of New York City.”
The 2009 recipients of the Jane Jacobs Medal were Damaris Reyes, Executive Director of Good Old Lower East Side (GOLES), and Richard Kahan, Founder and CEO of the Urban Assembly.
Here are Jane Jacobs’ urban principles:
“Make New York City a place of hope and expectation that attracts new people and new ideas
Challenge traditional assumptions and conventional thinking
Promote dynamism, density and diversity
Generate new principles for the way we think about development and preservation in New York City
Take a common-sense approach to complex problems
Provide leadership in solving common problems
Respect neighborhood knowledge
Generate creative use of the urban environment.”
As a native-born New Yorker, I love them.
I’m going to be on the jury this year. Please enter.
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