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Civic Activism in the Spirit of Jane Jacobs

How do people effect change in New York City?  For the Civic Activism in the Spirit of Jane Jacobs panel, MAS will invite the 2010 Jane Jacobs Medalists and past honorees to discuss the tools they have used to change their communities and New York City as a whole. Since 2007, the Rockefeller Foundation has awarded the annual Jane Jacobs Medal to two outstanding New Yorkers whose activism advances the principles of urban design and planning advocated by Jane Jacobs. Edwin Torres, associate director of the New York City Opportunities & Innovation Fund at the Rockefeller Foundation, will introduce this panel, featuring the 2010 medalists Joshua David and Robert Hammond, co-founders of Friends of the High Line, Elizabeth Barlow Rogers, co-founder of the Central Park Conservancy and president of the Foundation for Landscape Studies, Peggy M. Shepard, executive director at WE ACT for Environmental Justice, and Richard Kahan, founder and CEO of the Urban Assembly and a 2009 Jane Jacobs Medal recipient. The panel will be moderated by Eugenie L. Birch, the co-director of the Penn Institute for Urban Research. *photo credit: Edward A. Toran