To mark the centennial of urban theorist Jane Jacobs' birth, several New Orleans organization are teaming up to host "Jane Jacobs Walks", free neighborhood tours Friday and Saturday, (May 6-7) exploring infrastructure repair, historic districts and "mitigation techniques." The walks will be hosted by the Preservation Resource Center, the Greater New Orleans Water Collaborative, the Urban Conservancy, StayLocal, the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority and the Friends of Lafitte Greenway.
Jacobs, who died in 2006, was a journalist and author of "The Death and Life of Great American Cities," which explored how urban areas function. She is considered one of the most influential urban activists -- though did not have a college degree -- of the 20th century.
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