Jane Jacobs (May 4, 1916 – April 25, 2006)

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“There is no logic that can be superimposed on the city; people make it, and it is to them, not buildings, that we must fit our plans.”
Jane Jacobs


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“Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.”
Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities

Jane Jacobs Walk


Jane Jacobs was an American-Canadian journalist, author, and activist best known for her influence on urban studies. Her influential book The Death and Life of Great American Cities (1961) argued that urban renewal did not respect the needs of most city-dwellers. The book also introduced sociological concepts such as “eyes on the street” and “social capital“.[1][2]

Jacobs was well known for organizing grassroots efforts to protect existing neighborhoods from “slum clearance” – and particularly for her opposition to Robert Moses in his plans to overhaul her neighborhood, Greenwich Village. She was instrumental in the eventual cancellation of the Lower Manhattan Expressway, which would have passed directly through SoHo and Little Italy, and was arrested in 1968 for inciting a crowd at a public hearing on the project. After moving to Toronto in 1968, she joined the opposition to the Spadina Expressway and the associated network of expressways in Toronto planned and under construction.

As a mother and a writer who criticized experts in the male-dominated field of urban planning, Jacobs endured scorn from established figures. She did not have a college degree or any formal training in urban planning, and was criticized for lacking such credentials.

“You can’t rely on bringing people downtown, you have to put them there.”

Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington (April 29, 1899 – May 24, 1974)

A problem is a chance for you to do your best.

 I merely took the energy it takes to pout and wrote some blues.

By and large, jazz has always been like the kind of a man you wouldn't want your daughter to associate with.

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 The wise musicians are those who play what they can master. 

Image result for duke ellington bandDuke Ellington, Louis Armstrong & Diahann Carroll, Paris, France, 1960
 Love is supreme and unconditional; like is nice but limited.

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 Music is my mistress, and she plays second fiddle to no one.

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 Fate is being kind to me. Fate doesn't want me to be too famous too young.

My attitude is never to be satisfied, never enough, never.

Image may contain: 3 people, hat, night and indoorDuke, Max Roach, and Charles Mingus

John Muir (April 21, 1838 – Dec 24, 1914)

The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.

When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop, striped and dotted with continents and islands, flying through space with other stars all singing and shining together as one, the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty.

When we try to pick out anything by itself we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.

The mountains are calling and I must go.

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Film & Forum with Dorothy Tanner at the Museum of Outdoor Arts

Documentary produced by Cynthia Madden Leitner, MOA Executive Director & President
Film by Heather Longway Photography

Presented Saturday, February 25th at 1:00 pm
Introduction by Todd Siler
Dorothy Tanner and their light-based artwork, known as “Lumonics”, spanning over 40-years. Following the film, Dorothy Tanner joined MOA Executive Director & President, Cynthia Madden Leitner and Todd Siler, artist/educator, on stage for a forum discussion about her and her late husband’s artistic journey. A reception with light refreshments in the gallery followed.