The Neoliberal Marginalization of Jane Jacobs

It’s always a good day when the beloved Jane Jacobs gets mentioned in the news. The writer and urban observer has been getting her much deserved revival recently via a lush graphic novel and even an opera chronicling her legendary toppling of development dictator Robert Moses. With all this hype around Jacobs, it’s hard not to notice how much co-opting… Continue reading The Neoliberal Marginalization of Jane Jacobs

A Hellscape Among the Ruins: Zug Island

Most rust-belt cities are rebranding themselves with all sorts of green/sustainable accolades lately. Modest accomplishment is trumpeted with loud fanfare. Amid this greenwashing, city councils jubilantly downplay the harm remaining heavy industries cause. Usually, they pretend they don’t exist, or that JOBS are more important so go back to bed, pollution isn’t that bad. This deception proves effective:… Continue reading A Hellscape Among the Ruins: Zug Island