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How one woman harnessed people power to save old New York

New film tells story of Jane Jacobss battle’s against the wealthiest developers in the city.

She was a beaky, bespectacled architecture writer, hardly a figure likely to ignite protests that changed the shape of one of the worlds great cities. Yet such is the legend of Jane Jacobs and her bitter struggles to preserve the heart of New York from modernisation that a film charting her astonishing victories over some of the most powerful developers in the US is set to inspire a new generation of urban activists around the world.

Citizen Jane: Battle for the City tells the story of Jacobs, author of The Death and Life of Great American Cities, who made herself the bane of New Yorks powerful city planners from the 1950’s to 1970’s. Her nemesis was Robert Moses, the city’s powerful master builder and advocate of urban renewal, or wholesale neighbourhood clearance what author James Baldwin termed negro removal.

Moses dismissed the protesters as a bunch of mothers, and attempted to ignore their efforts to attract wider attention, which included taping white crosses across their glasses in the style of Jacobs.

But through a combination of grassroots activism, fundraising and persistence, Jacobs blocked Moses and successive city overlords from running Fifth Avenue through the historic Washington Square, tearing down much of SoHo and Little Italy to make way for a billion-dollar expressway, and building a six-lane highway up Manhattans west side.

“Some issues you fight with lawsuits and buy time that way,” she later wrote. “With others, you buy time by throwing other kinds of monkey wrenches in. You have to buy time in all these fights. The lawsuit is the more expensive way.”

Little Italy, in New York, saved from demolition for a $1bn expressway. Photograph: Maremagnum/Getty Images

Jacobs warned of the dangers of mixing big business and government, and called them monstrous hybrids. She warned, too, that huge housing projects favoured by developers from the school of Le Corbusier would only bring social dislocation to the poor while making developers wealthy.

Jacobs’s method of prevarication, says Citizen Jane director Matt Tyrnauer, wrote the manual for activism. Speaking truth to power was her great strength, and she was fearless, but she was also a great strategist and analysed how to get to politicians and threaten them in ways that were going to be effective.

Robert Hammond, who produced Citizen Jane and co-founded the High Line, a significant renewal project along Manhattan’s west side that turned an elevated rail track into a garden and walkway, says key to her protest was targeting lower-tier elected officials because they depend on you for their jobs and they know it. She understood that fighting government is a slog, and no matter how powerful you think people are, things can be changed the value of individuals coming together and working as an organism, which today we call crowdsourcing.

Those lessons, in particular Jacobs’s later studies of economics, helped shape The Indivisible Project, an umbrella organisation for thousands of protest groups that have sprung up in the US in the aftermath of the presidential election.

Tyrnauer, who previously directed Valentino: The Last Emperor, considers that Indivisible’s activism, which includes berating local officials and challenging congressional leaders at town hall meetings, is cut from the Jacobs playbook. Late last year the group’s founders, four congressional aides moved to act by the election of Donald Trump, published suggestions that have become central to democratic resistance. Six thousand groups have registered so far, seeking to follow Indivisible’s basic, Jacobs-esque credo: localised defensive advocacy; recognition that elected representatives think primarily about re-election and how to use that; efforts to build constituent power through organically formed, locally led groups; and a focus on congressional representatives via town hall meetings, district office visits and mass phone calls.

Jane Jacobs won many victories over her nemesis Robert Moses, the powerful master builder. Photograph: Library of Congress/Sundance Selects

In her academic and personal life, Jacobs looked at the power individuals have in their own communities, says co-founder and executive director Ezra Levin. Indivisible is fundamentally about constituent power, and we recommend that people assert that power on their own turf, in their own communities. But the connection runs deeper. Jacobs maintained cities are best left to be self-organising. Too much control and they become lifeless. She believed they should be messy something old, something new and warned of the concentration of money and too little diversity. Crucial to Indivisible’s success is an individual group’s basic autonomy. “It’s crucial that this is not a franchise operation. We’ve created a platform but the decisions these groups are taking, or their exact form is fundamentally driven at a local level.”

Jacobs, who died in 2006 and whose centennial falls this year, used to tell an anti-authoritarian story about a preacher who warns children: In hell, there will be wailing and weeping and gnashing of teeth.

“What if you don’t have teeth?” one of the children asks.

Then teeth will be provided.

“That’s it the spirit of the designed city: teeth will be provided for you,” she told the New Yorker in 2004.

In Citizen Jane, the documentarians seek to apply the lessons of Manhattan in the 50’s to the urbanisation of China and India. The results are inconclusive.

Many of the challenges cities now face, at least in the west, are reversals of the clearances that affected cities in the last century. “The suburbs are where the poor people are moved to, and they’re becoming more impractical than cities to live in,” says Hammond.

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Global Market for Smart City Technology to Triple by 2019; Urbanization of Asia and South American Cities Driving Strong Growth, According to BCC Research

Wellesley, Mass., June 23, 2015 – Global urbanization is swelling cities around the world, with more than 70% of the world’s population already living in urban areas. BCC Research reveals in its new report that information and communication technologies (ICT) will play a vital role in how cities become smarter in sustaining quality of life without upsetting the ecological balance.

The global market for smart city technologies will grow from $ 212.3 billion in 2013 to $ 668.5 billion in 2019, reflecting a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 17.9%. North America, the largest market, is anticipated to reach $ 218.3 billion in 2019, with a 16.1% CAGR. Europe, the region with the highest projected growth rate at 23.1% CAGR, will reach $ 197.7 billion by 2019.

The major cities in the world have transformed into massive cosmopolitan regions with considerable cultural diversity. The growing awareness of our fragile ecology and the evolving environmental compliances and regulations have made it difficult to govern these large cities. Key driving forces for the smart cities market include the increasing rate of migration from rural areas into new urban areas coupled with the expanding global population and the demand for a sustainable infrastructure.

Smart cities make extensive use of communication technologies to improve the quality of life of their citizens. As environmental regulations have become stricter, there has been an increase in “green” solutions and technologies that has fueled the growth in the smart cities sector.

A number of factors hindering adoption of smart city solutions: scaling of newer technologies is unproven; technology challenges the status quo in how cities are run; and technology is not well understood across several city sectors. However, the main barrier to adopting such solutions is the complexity in how cities are operated, financed, regulated and planned.

“Current research shows that the necessary heavy funding and capital expenditures will exert a huge restraint on the smart cities market. Various socio-economic and political factors also pose risks for the development of smart cities,” says BCC research analyst Miguel Pimentel. “The differences in the social strata and political agendas pose risks in the evolving smart cities projects, and so the current research aims to facilitate the compression on how the market works.”

Smart Cities: Growing New Markets for Information Technology (IFT115A) discusses the global market for information technology in terms of growth, size and opportunities. It also examines key economic, business, and social drivers, technology issues, regulatory factors, and the competitive landscape.

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Osborne Clarke’s experts call for UK Budget to support smart cities initiatives

(PRWEB UK) 17 March 2015

At international legal practice Osborne Clarke, we believe that smart cities are going to be the powerhouses of our future economic success. We need this year’s Government Budget to do three main things to support their development in the UK.

The firm’s International CEO, Simon Beswick, says:

“Smart cities are vital for the UK’s economic future. The Government needs to commit to its role in building and financing smarter cities, supporting innovation and encouraging the best talent to work in the UK.”

Chris Wade, an infrastructure expert at Osborne Clarke says:

“Firstly, we need to provide serious and meaningful support for funding at a government/local government level. There was very little mention of smart cities in the autumn statement and only a few references to creating a northern economic powerhouse. The Government needs a financial and contractual model that allows it and the private sector to invest into major infrastructure projects and have an exit strategy for its investment.”

Erika Jupe, a tax expert at Osborne Clarke says:

“Next, we need to provide further tax relief for R&D projects to SMEs to encourage the development of home-grown, world-beating technologies to support smart cities. As a slow death for the patent box looks likely, the Government needs to consider how to continue to incentivise businesses to invest in R&D in the UK and how to make EIS schemes more user friendly to encourage angel investment in smart cities technologies.”

Karen Cooper, an employee benefits expert at Osborne Clarke says:

“Finally, we need to attract and retain the best talent in the UK for our broader economic benefit. The Government needs to maintain and ideally enhance entrepreneurs’ relief and tax-advantaged employee share plans such as enterprise management incentives.”


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Market Publishers Ltd Announced as Media Partner of the 3rd Annual World Intelligent Cities Summit and Exhibition

London, UK (PRWEB) December 04, 2014

Market Publishers Ltd is announced as a media partner of the 3rd Annual World Intelligent Cities Summit and Exhibition (WICS 2014). The event will be held between the 10th and 11th of December, 2014, in Istanbul, Turkey.

With technological advancements transforming governance, and how people, businesses and governmental organisations associate with each other, it is important to get wind of the processes, tools, and models necessary for the cultivation of ‘smart’ communities and cities. Speakers and attendees working across a variety of disciplines will present innovative strategies to fortify institutional capability, and evaluate broader commitments to competitive performance and sustainability.

The 2-day 3rd Annual World Intelligent Cities Summit and Exhibition (WICS 2014) is the key forum on this ever-evolving topic, providing vital information, well-defined networking time, and viable solutions to your most burning questions.

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The 3rd Annual World Intelligent Cities Summit and Exhibition (WICS 2014)

Dates: December 10-11, 2014

Location: Conrad Istanbul 5* – Istanbul, Turkey

Reasons to Attend:

    The first-rate summit and exhibition for the ever-expanding smart cities sector.
    The two-day international summit is aimed at providing the best practices and industry insights from outstanding experts.
    The combination of a first-class summit and exhibition equips you with an excellent opportunity to get to know the right people the right way face-to-face.

Who will you meet?

    Senior official authorities and MPs
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    Waste management companies and project developers
    Public Agencies and Institutions
    Wastewater management companies and project developers
    Financial organisations, PEs, VCs and banks
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    Smart grids project developers, investors
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    Energy management and consulting companies
    Urban planners and architects
    Unions, associations, non-governmental organisations (NGOs)
    Civil society organisations
    Law offices

The WICS 2014 is destined to serve as a perfect platform for all of the stakeholders engaged in smart cities to share and exchange information, create new collaborations, and work cooperatively to detect and increase business opportunities.

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Smart Cities (Smart Homes, Building Automation, Energy Management) Market worth $1,266.58 Billion by 2019 – New Report by MarketsandMarkets

(PRWEB) October 31, 2014

The report “Smart Cities Market (Smart Home, Building Automation, Energy Management, Industrial Automation, Smart Healthcare, Smart Education, Smart Water, Smart Transportation, Smart Security), Services) – Worldwide Market Forecasts and Analysis (2014 – 2019)” defines and segments smart cities into various sub-segments of technologies, solutions, services and regions with in-depth analysis and forecasting of revenues. It also identifies drivers and restraints of this market with insights on trends, opportunities, and challenges in North America, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Asia Pacific (including Japan), and Latin America.

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The study reports that the global smart cities market is expected to grow from $ 654.57 billion in 2014 to $ 1,266.58 billion by 2019, at an estimated Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 14.1% from 2014 to 2019.

The rapid growth in migrations of the global population towards the urban areas has strained the planned development of various metropolises throughout the globe. This has resulted into difficulties in the governance of the non-regulated expansion of urban areas. The growing ecological crisis has led to strict environmental compliances and regulations. These challenges could be addressed through the solution of “Smart Cities” with sustainable infrastructure for a smarter life. The smart cities market provides advanced solutions for smart homes, innovative industry, and smart transportation, and smart resource management, smart utility and smart security.

These solutions are implemented to create a better connectivity which provides better access to the data on real time basis for efficient management. This has driven the governments to implement innovative solutions to the challenges of urbanization. Such innovative solutions would generate feedback from the end users, creating a better relation between the citizen and service provider. It will be a mixture of all infrastructures, social capital including local skills and community institutions and digital technologies to fuel sustainable economic development and provide an attractive environment for all. This demand also includes the rising requirements for sustainability and energy conservation in the markets such as APAC and MEA.

This smart cities market research report analyzes global adoption trends, future growth potential, competitive outlook, market ecosystem and market value chain. The report analyzes market sizes and revenue forecasts across different regions such as North America (NA), Europe, Latin America (LA), Asia Pacific (APAC), and Middle East and Africa (MEA).

The smart cities market is expected to grow at a rapid pace in the regional markets of APAC and MEA. These regions would also be the highest revenue generating markets. Considerable growth is expected in the NA and European smart cities markets. New wireless network and automation technologies like Z-Wave, Insteon, and many more are expected to be the emerging technological trends in the smart cities market.

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High-demand Areas in the Twin Cities for Residents Raising a Young Family

Minneapolis, Twin Cities Minnesota (PRWEB) October 13, 2014

According to Money Magazine’s September 19th announcement of their annual Best Place to Live in America list, the second city named just happens to be a popular Twin Cities suburb – Maple Grove, Minnesota. It was named the second best place to live in the latest findings, runner up to McKinney, Texas. Similar research reveals high-demand areas in the Twin Cities for residents raising a young family that are ideal for buying a home.

“Several residential communities in the Twin Cities have risen to the top in multiple surveys for being a great location to raise a family. Typical factors that are considered are a healthy economy, the right culture fit, safe locations with superb low crime statistics, and that offer lots of family-fun activities,” says Jenna Thuening, owner of Home Destination. Home buyers rely on sources of reputable housing information and seek guidance to interpret the research when choosing the best location in the Twin Cities to buy a home.

The magazine offers how it arrived at choosing Minneapolis as an ideal place to live for individuals seeking a family home. After studying small cities across the U.S. with populations between 50,000 – 300,000, Money Magazine ranked metros based on economic strength, job growth, affordable housing, safety, education, accessible healthcare, arts and the ease of living. It references a couple that have two young children, a 5-year-old daughter and a son who is 3, and brag up how ideal Minneapolis for their family. They appreciate local parks with swimming pools, easy walking distances to T-ball and soccer fields from their house, and places to bike.

Previous similar studies that ranked the Twin Cities as a best place to live and raise a family include the following:

1. Two Years in a row, the Twin Cities metro came in the Top 10 Best Cities for Families cited by Parenting Magazine. Minneapolis / St. Paul, Minnesota ranked #7 in the year 2012 and #4 in 2011. The Twin Cities won this merit due to qualities for healthy air, healthy residents, safe streets for family walks, and great opportunities for employment. Information used in rankings comes from U.S. Census data, FBI crime statistics, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and ratings from

2. Family Magazine serves it readership annually by rating the 10 Best Towns for families to buy a family home in, placing Chanhassen MN high.. The City of Chanhassen is located 20 miles southwest of downtown Minneapolis and hosts 12 lakes, 55 miles of stunning walking paths, and 27 child-friendly parks (local regulations, in fact, require every home to be within a half-mile from one).

3. The 2010 “Safest Cities for Families with Young Children”, Sperling’s Best Places to Live and raise a family ranked Minneapolis, Minnesota fourth, just after Boston, Columbus, Ohio and Louisville, Kentucky.

4. Some of the top Minneapolis neighborhoods picked for families by Streets MN in December 2013 are: Nokomis, Longfellow, Kingfield, Linden Hills, and in the Hamline/Midway neighborhood. Families who are considering buying a home in St. Paul, will be interested to know that Mac-Groveland was the top winner and homes for sale in Highland came in as close second.

5. Forbes Magazine ranked Minneapolis 1st as the healthiest city to live in, saying: “Minneapolis has lots of open spaces, parks, and walking areas, and you see people walking everywhere”.

“Residents in the Twin Cities can feel so connected in their neighborhood, that when they feel the pull of “moving up” to a bigger home, they start looking in the same area” comments Thuening. Many Minneapolis real estate buyers – that are parents of young children- may feel that the luxury of choosing where they live with their children is set by job location and finances. Other home buyers are fortunate enough to be able to choose. They prefer to enlist the guidance of a local real estate agent who knows the locations that have a lot of families in the immediate vicinity with young children or who are planning to start a family.

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Home Destination offers a loyal and committed real estate professional service that personally handles all the details of selling or purchasing a Twin Cities home. Highly regarded by peers as a Minneapolis metro expert for over 15 years, gain a skilled representative as guide to make the best possible housing decisions. Helping all home buyers, from Millennial seeking to buy their first home that will be ideal for starting a family to senior seeking a home for retirement, Jenna Thuening has the real estate experience and acumen buyers and sellers benefit from.


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