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Enter The Jane Jacobs Award Contest Sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation

Posted by: Bruce Nussbaum on February 10, 2010

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.

Reader Comments


February 11, 2010 8:14 AM

Toronto is a much 'better' city because JJ moved here! in my opinion, great cities of the world benefit from 'outsiders' who come to the city and contribute to its betterment. cities, like all institutions, need a new perspective that an immigrant can give. and cities must constantly evolve if they are to function well.
JJ is an esteemed person to promote this cause.


February 11, 2010 2:30 PM

I nominate Paul Steely White from Transportation Alternatives. I can't think of anyone who has done more to make NYC more livable in the last few years.

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