Jane Jacobs: A Public Celebration in Washington Sqaure Park

June 28, 2006

Resolution by State Assemblymember Deborah Glick

Assembly Resolution No. 2026


BY: M. of A. Glick    

CELEBRATING  the  life and accomplishments of Jane Jacobs, activist, author and visionary who dedicated herself to the study of urban life

WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Assembled Body to pay tribute  to citizens  of  the  State  of  New York whose lifework and civic endeavor served to enhance the quality of life in their communities and the great State of New York; and

WHEREAS, This Assembled Body is moved this day to record the passing of Jane Jacobs, activist, author and visionary who dedicated herself  to the  study   of   urban   life;  she  warned  against  the  dangers  of overdevelopment; and

WHEREAS, Jane Jacobs was a tireless advocate for  traditional  urban neighborhoods throughout North America; and

WHEREAS,  Jane  Jacobs  was  instrumental  in  the fight to stop the construction of the Lower Manhattan Expressway  which  would  have  torn down  some  of  New York City's most historic buildings and dismantled a unique neighborhood; and

WHEREAS,  Jane  Jacobs'  leadership  in  fighting  to  preserve  her neighborhood has allowed the people of New York to continue to build and enjoy many vital urban communities; and

WHEREAS,  Jane  Jacobs'  classic  book, "The Death and Life of Great American Cities," fundamentally changed the understanding of how vibrant urban communities came into being and  how  cities  work,  as  well as brought a new perspective to the study of cities; and

WHEREAS, Jane Jacobs' work has inspired countless leaders, activists and planners throughout the State of New York and beyond; and

WHEREAS,  She  distinguished  herself  in  her profession and by her sincere dedication and substantial contribution to the  welfare  of  her community;  Jane's commitment to excellence, and her spirit of humanity, carried over into all fields of  enterprise,  including  charitable  and civic endeavors; and

WHEREAS,  Over her meritorious life, one of service on behalf of her community, Jane Jacobs distinguished herself as a woman  of  values  and commitment;  she  will  be  deeply  missed and truly merits the grateful tribute of this Assembled Body; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its  deliberations  to celebrate  the life and accomplishments of Jane Jacobs, activist, author and visionary  who  dedicated  herself  to  the study  of  urban  life, recognizing  the  significance of her exemplary record of public service and dedicating ourselves anew to the causes of people she served; and be it further

RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be transmitted to the family of Jane Jacobs.