This was an exciting week! I had an article published on Verily Magazine about Jacobs in which I use the word “spirited” more times than I care to admit, integrate a Beyoncé lyric and mention that one time Jane got herself arrested at a public meeting. An excerpt to tempt you:
In her writings, Jacobs urged planners to slow down, to consider that cities are not only collections of brick and mortar; they are collections of people. Communities are the ties, both loose and strong we build with our neighbors, with the shop owners, teachers and vendors at the farmers market. Design should honor the needs of people and the communities they’ve built. More importantly, Jacobs cared about design because she realized our shared civic environment—whether that’s a farming village, small town, or megapolis—heavily influences our sense of self, our sense of our duty toward our neighbor, and our sense of what’s possible.
Speaking of cities, I discovered this gem of a video (see below), which I think I will probably watch a dozen more times because it’s that good. Did you know the man who made this video also made Frances Ha! Um, hello. I may or may not have sent a fan-girlish email. Almost as fan-girlie as that time I ran into Greta Gerwig at a West Village coffee shop. True story. We shared a table and I recognized her hand gestures from the movie. Anyway, in return to my email, Mr. Boyson #blessed me with this article, including a city-lovers’ reading list at the bottom. Be still my nerdy heart.
Alright, I’ll be honest, this entire post will probably have something to do with cities. Let’s keep it consistent…did you know Penn Station was once actually not a disgusting terminal to hell? Read more about that and one man’s efforts to fix it here.
The world is broken folks. We can’t fix it. We can, however, fix our broken toys/lamps/teddy bears. Don’t believe me? Well read about repair cafés and then think about starting one in YOUR hometown.
From the kitchen: do yourself a favor and make these sweet potato biscuits. You can thank me later.