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Jane Jacobs

Geburtstag: 4. Mai 1916
Todesdatum: 25. April 2006

Jane Jacobs, OC, O.Ont war eine in den USA geborene kanadische Sachbuchautorin, Stadt- und Architekturkritikerin. Wikipedia

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„I would spend a nickel on the subway and go arbitrarily to some other stop and look around there.“

—  Jane Jacobs

Interview in Toronto Canada (6 September 2000), by Jim Kunstler, Metropolis Magazine (March 2001) http://www.kunstler.com/mags_jacobs1.htm
Kontext: I would spend a nickel on the subway and go arbitrarily to some other stop and look around there. So I was roaming the city in the afternoons and applying for jobs in the morning. And one day I found myself in a neighborhood I just liked so much…it was one of those times I had put a nickel in and just invested something. And where did I get out? I just liked the sound of the name: Christopher Street — so I got out at Christopher Street, and I was enchanted with this neighborhood, and walked around it all afternoon and then I rushed back to Brooklyn. And I said, "Betty I found out where we have to live."

„I had put a nickel in and just invested something.“

—  Jane Jacobs

Interview in Toronto Canada (6 September 2000), by Jim Kunstler, Metropolis Magazine (March 2001) http://www.kunstler.com/mags_jacobs1.htm
Kontext: I would spend a nickel on the subway and go arbitrarily to some other stop and look around there. So I was roaming the city in the afternoons and applying for jobs in the morning. And one day I found myself in a neighborhood I just liked so much…it was one of those times I had put a nickel in and just invested something. And where did I get out? I just liked the sound of the name: Christopher Street — so I got out at Christopher Street, and I was enchanted with this neighborhood, and walked around it all afternoon and then I rushed back to Brooklyn. And I said, "Betty I found out where we have to live."

„But in North America we live in a graveyard of lost aboriginal cultures, many of which were decisively finished off by mass amnesia in which even the memory of what was lost was also lost.“

—  Jane Jacobs, buch Dark Age Ahead

Quelle: Dark Age Ahead (2004), Chapter One, The Hazard, p. 3
Kontext: This is both a gloomy and a hopeful book.
The subject itself is gloomy. A Dark Age is a culture's dead end. We in North America and Western Europe, enjoying the many benefits of the culture conventionally known as the West, customarily think of a Dark Age as happening once, long ago, following the collapse of the Western Roman Empire. But in North America we live in a graveyard of lost aboriginal cultures, many of which were decisively finished off by mass amnesia in which even the memory of what was lost was also lost. Throughout the world Dark Ages have scrawled finis to successions of cultures receding far into the past.

„This is both a gloomy and a hopeful book.“

—  Jane Jacobs, buch Dark Age Ahead

Quelle: Dark Age Ahead (2004), Chapter One, The Hazard, p. 3
Kontext: This is both a gloomy and a hopeful book.
The subject itself is gloomy. A Dark Age is a culture's dead end. We in North America and Western Europe, enjoying the many benefits of the culture conventionally known as the West, customarily think of a Dark Age as happening once, long ago, following the collapse of the Western Roman Empire. But in North America we live in a graveyard of lost aboriginal cultures, many of which were decisively finished off by mass amnesia in which even the memory of what was lost was also lost. Throughout the world Dark Ages have scrawled finis to successions of cultures receding far into the past.

„I do not agree with the extremists of either the left or the right, but I think they should be allowed to speak and to publish, both because they themselves have, and ought to have, rights, and once their rights are gone, the rights of the rest of us are hardly safe. Extremists typically want to squash not only those who disagree with them diametrically, but those who disagree with them at all.“

—  Jane Jacobs

Political questionnaire response (1952)
Kontext: The other threat to the security of our tradition, I believe, lies at home. It is the current fear of radical ideas and of people who propound them. I do not agree with the extremists of either the left or the right, but I think they should be allowed to speak and to publish, both because they themselves have, and ought to have, rights, and once their rights are gone, the rights of the rest of us are hardly safe. Extremists typically want to squash not only those who disagree with them diametrically, but those who disagree with them at all. It seems to me that in every country where extremists of the left have gotten sufficiently in the saddle to squash the extremists of the right, they have ridden on to squash the center or terrorize it also. And the same goes for extremists of the right. I do not want that to happen in our country.

„I was taught that the American's right to be a free individual, not at the mercy of the state, was hard-won and that its price was eternal vigilance, that I too would have to be vigilant.“

—  Jane Jacobs

Political questionnaire response (1952)
Kontext: I was taught that the American's right to be a free individual, not at the mercy of the state, was hard-won and that its price was eternal vigilance, that I too would have to be vigilant. I was made to feel that it would be a disgrace to me, as an individual, if I should not value or should give up rights that were dearly bought. I am grateful for that upbringing.

„Subsidiarity is the principle that government works best — most responsibly and responsively — when it is closest to the people it serves and the needs it addresses.“

—  Jane Jacobs, buch Dark Age Ahead

Quelle: Dark Age Ahead (2004), Chapter Five, Dumb-Down Taxes, p. 103
Kontext: Subsidiarity is the principle that government works best — most responsibly and responsively — when it is closest to the people it serves and the needs it addresses. Fiscal accountability is the principle that institutions collecting and disbursing taxes work most responsibly when they are transparent to those providing the money.

„I was brought up to believe that there is no virtue in conforming meekly to the dominant opinion of the moment.“

—  Jane Jacobs

Political questionnaire response (1952)
Kontext: I was brought up to believe that there is no virtue in conforming meekly to the dominant opinion of the moment. I was encouraged to believe that simple conformity results in stagnation for a society, and that American progress has been largely owing to the opportunity for experimentation, the leeway given initiative, and to a gusto and a freedom for chewing over odd ideas.

„To science, not even the bark of a tree or a drop of pond water is dull or a handful of dirt banal. They all arouse awe and wonder.“

—  Jane Jacobs, buch Dark Age Ahead

Quelle: Dark Age Ahead (2004), Chapter Four, Science Abandoned, p. 64-65

„Privately run jails are a mark of American "reinvented government" that has been picked up by neoconservatives in Canada.“

—  Jane Jacobs, buch Dark Age Ahead

Notes And Comments, p. 189
Dark Age Ahead (2004)

„Writing, printing, and the Internet give a false sense of security about the permanence of culture.“

—  Jane Jacobs, buch Dark Age Ahead

Quelle: Dark Age Ahead (2004), Chapter One, The Hazard, p. 5

„I did have an inkling that I was going to be a writer. That was my intention.“

—  Jane Jacobs

Interview in Toronto Canada (6 September 2000), by Jim Kunstler, Metropolis Magazine (March 2001)

„Beneficent spirals, operating by benign feedback, mean that everything needful is not required at once: each individual improvement is beneficial for the whole“

—  Jane Jacobs, buch Dark Age Ahead

Quelle: Dark Age Ahead (2004), Chapter Eight, Dark Age Patterns, p. 175

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