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Jane Jacobs Medal 2008 Awards Ceremony

Earlier this month, the Rockefeller Foundation awarded the 2008 Jane Jacobs Medals to Peggy Shepard, executive director and co-founder of West Harlem Environmental Action, Inc. (WE ACT), and Alexis Torres-Fleming, founder of Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice (YMPJ), at a ceremony at the Morgan Library and Museum in Manhattan. Pulitzer-prize winning author Robert Caro gave a fascinating a address at the award ceremony, describing his classic book The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York, its focus on municipal power and the effects of this kind of power on urban communities, and recalling the time he met Jane Jacobs.

The awards are administered annually by the Municipal Art Society.

Click on the ‘play’ icon above to watch the acceptance speeches of the two awardees and excerpts from Mr. Caro’s address. Video courtesy of The Rockefeller Foundation.