Retail as Community Hubs: Jane Jacobs and I Agree!

For many years, I’ve thought that retail was the most important and interesting form of real estate, because it generates so much foot traffic and colorful pedestrian activity.

I’m saying that as someone who spent years working in the real estate business, but I’ve come across a short piece written by Jane Jacobs in 1956.

We now have Vital Little Plans: The Short Works of Jane Jacobs, edited by Samuel Zipp and Nathan Storring, to thank for that.  Zipp and Storring have collected Jacobs short articles, such as this one from Architectural Record, in this volume published last year. I can’t wait to read all the way through it.  This article is as relevant for Chicago and New York as any other city in the United States, and I hope that lots of decision-makers and community members will read it, too.

Think about your own neighborhood as you read it.

2 thoughts on “Retail as Community Hubs: Jane Jacobs and I Agree!

  1. I read Jane’s “Vital Little Plans” excerpt. Thanks for posting it. One such struggling but thriving store front village is centered on Commercial Ave. in the South Chicago neighborhood – churches, groceries, restaurants, art centers, barbers and salons, banks, libraries, ice cream parlors. medical and social service and educational institutions.. It is still hurting from the impact of the steel mills closing in the 1990’s but with community involvement I feel it will not die out.

  2. Pingback: Jane Jacobs: Feminist, Activist and Capitalist – David C. Ahnen

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