What we do well and not so well. 

The American society is so wrapped up in technology, we find ourselves thinking what a brilliant group of people we are.  But can we solve the problems of low income housing and racial tension in cities and learn from our past mistakes.  This exhibit walks through time giving examples of what we do wrong and right. 

Jane Jacobs states: The more successfully a city mingles everyday diversity of uses and users in its everyday streets, the more successfully, casually its people thereby enliven and support...page 111
"There is a quality even meaner than out-right ugliness" (Jacobs 15) In society we see mistreatment of humankind simply because of religion or economic status. We need to establish equality for all.
"We,the people, will work out our own destiny."(Jacobs 297) The "Back-of-the-Yards Council" was created to help restore a slum area in Chicago. It was a success. From slums to healthy neighborhood.
THE MEETING PLACE: Jane Jacobs made it clear cities need places for people to interact with each other. Even though this is a tavern it does in fact provide just this environment.
"One of his most important information spots is an unused breadbox on Rivington Street."(Jacobs 69) Local formalized public characters use these places to hang around and hear the word on the street.
"If only there were a grocery store or a drug store or a snack joint."(Jacobs 63) People need a place to come together and interact in a public space. Diversity will thrive and community is formed.
"But in our cities, at least, this supposed correlation between high densities and trouble, or high densities and slums, is simply incorrect."(Jacobs 202) We should use historical data for decisions.
"The Peace Conference" in Red Harvest where leaders came to resolve the fighting in the city. Just like in Red Harvest, it probably would fail. Greed and power control this city environment.
DIVERSITY IN ACTION: Many organizations use diversity with great success, becoming a community to help."Dull"(Jacobs 29) begins the downward spiral of a city. These vibrant displays inspire people.
"The pseudoscience of planning seems almost neurotic in its determination to imitate empiric failure and ignore empiric success"(Jacobs 183) City architects should consider everyone when creating.
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