Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Evening all,

I have 2 request for an 8:30 Chicago time tonight. As this is the second week this time works better, let's make it permanent.

I will be on Skype at 8:25 (or so). If you want join us, locate amberginsburg (my user name) and I will then "friend you". I will make a conference call to all online at 8:30. If you don't get the call, call me directly and I will add you.


Friday, June 19, 2009


The article on Cairo is perfect. The density of the city does seem to support Jane Jacob's theories. Also, the deregulated commerce encourages boys with cotton candy and small tea stands. A middle ground, perhaps called easy or light regulation that encourages small, say cart sized, business would do wonders for our parks, bridges (like the one pictured in the article), and other open zones.

Thanks for posting.


Monday, June 15, 2009

Second Meeting-Tuesday


Next meeting times:

Face to Face: Tuesday, 10:30am, Backstory Cafe
Computer to Computer: Tuesday 8:30 (Chicago Time). Nef requested 30 minutes later, so she can get home from work. East Coasters, I hope this is not too late.

The first meeting on Jane Jacobs began by looking at one of the criteria she sites that promotes healthy neighborhoods:

"First, there must be a clear demarcation between public and private space. Public and private spaces cannot ooze into each other the way they typically do in suburban settings or in projects." Page 35 Vintage Press

From this many examples of positive city setting emerged. Over all, there was surprising agreement towards Ms. Jacobs theories. Essentially, we all wanted more of what she espouses, mixed use and a greater small individually owned businesses in our walking path that fostered pedestrian traffic at all times. Safe streets? Yes. More economic diversity? Yes. Sidewalks as places in their own right? Yes.

Her ideas are so simple and so clearly stated, it is really stunning they are not followed. She is empirical in her quest. What works, really works in the world around us and what can we learn from that? Her writing is a wonderful tour guide for walking the city.

The next section moves to broader topics than the city sidewalk.

Happy reading.


Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Book ONE SKYPE time

Hey campers,

For book one, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, Skype meetings will be Tuesdays at 8PM Central (aka Chicago) time. The first meeting will be June 9th.

If you are not familiar with Skype, the following should get you started.

1. Download Skype (it is free)
2. Pick a user name and set up an account
3. Search the contact list for amberginsburg
4. Add me to your contact list

When it is time for the conference, I will see you are online and call you from a conference line.

NOTE: There will be multiple people online. Please have headphones or the feedback is unkind. If you have the fancy kind with a speaker great (like they use for telemarketing), if not, regular ones will work.

Enjoy the first 1/4 of Jane Jacobs. I have started the reading and I am finding my walking and bike riding are more nuanced. I see a bit more of my neighborhood through Ms. Jacobs.