Jane Jacobs

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The lack of life in our city centres   has been brought into stark relief. This has led to calls for our whole approach to city planning to be reimagined. Photograph: iStock

Urban decay is nothing new to Ireland and with the mass switch to home working prompted by the pandemic, the lack of life in our city centres has bee(...)

A planning application proposing the demolition of Quinn’s Pub in Drumcondra, Dublin and the development of 50 apartments was rejected. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Dublin City Council refused planning permission two weeks ago for the development of 50 apartments in Drumcondra. The application was made by Discipul(...)

Nos 86-89 Upper Leeson Street, which were threatened with demolition in the late 1960s. Photograph: Andy Sheridan

It was the tumbling of perfectly fine Victorian villas on Burlington Road in the late 1960s, to make way for office blocks, that spurred Carmencita He(...)

The vibrancy of Dublin nightlife and its high-concept restaurants and bars is forcing up costs for punters and developers.

THE RESTAURANT BUSINESS: A MENU OF COSTS They call it “meanwhile use” in property developer shorthand. It’s the market or cafe that slots itself temp(...)

Today, what matters is the essential feel of a place, its culture, the experience, the mix of people, the nightlife and the lifestyle.

Yesterday, the innovative US urban economist Richard Florida gave a talk in Cork about the future of cities. Florida has been at the vanguard of new(...)

 Dublin Docklands: Canadian economist Jane Jacobs argues  against having specifically targeted “business districts” because these  areas empty out at 5pm and become wastelands. Photograph:  Alberto Pezzali/NurPhoto/Getty

This week Dublin was ranked the top city in Ireland and the UK to live in, focusing attention on what makes a make a great city. All over the world, c(...)

The Iveagh Gardens is one of the walks included in the Jane’s Walks Festival.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The American urban activist and campaigner, Jane Jacobs, will be commemorated in over 200 cities around the world over the coming days with free walki(...)

Jane Jacobs: the architectural critic and writer who would come to play David to Robert Moses’ Goliath

In 1961, the legendary city planner Robert Moses returned a manuscript to the publisher Random House with a short, sharp note: “I am returning the boo(...)

Jane Jacobs: author of ‘The Death and Life of Great American Cities’ was born 100 years ago this year

Jane Jacobs the urban activist, journalist and author of The Death and Life of Great American Cities (1961) was born 100 years ago this year. In memor(...)

An illustration of proposed changes to Suffolk Street in Dublin. Cars would be banned from key streets in the city centre. Photograph: Dublin City Council/PA Wire.

On Wednesday, Dublin City Council unveiled plans for a radical redesign of the city’s traffic management, banning private cars from the heart of the c(...)

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