“Intricate minglings of different uses in cities are not a form of chaos, they represent a complex and highly developed form of order. ” Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities.

Activist and writer, Jane Jacobs, provides both the name and inspiration for this blog. The ideas illustrated in her 1961 masterpiece still bear relevance today, teaching cities about the benefits of dense, lively and diverse neighbourhoods.

This blog will record examples of urban vitality, focussing in particular on streets and how we can make them more democratic spaces once freed of the domination of the car.

I am Emma Griffin. I live in Hackney, London, have a background in journalism and an interest in public space in cities. I am also the website manager for the campaigning group London Living Streets.

Email me here, or Tweet here @emmagriffin


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