To encourage New Yorkers to observe their environment closely and empower them to take an active role in advocating for a more livable city — the shared goal of Jane Jacobs and the Municipal Art Society.
FutureofNY.org is the online complement to the Municipal Art Society of New York's current exhibit, Jane Jacobs and the Future of New York. Although the exhibit closes on January 5, 2008, the FutureofNY.org site, with support from MAS, will remain online. A former associate editor of Architectural Forum, Jacobs was best known as an urban activist who encouraged individuals to take responsibility for their environment. In the early 1960s, she led the charge against the construction of an expressway through Lower Manhattan — one of the first times community-based opposition to a city-backed development project prevailed. Jacobs' book The Death and Life of Great American Cities was published in 1961 and quickly became a classic in its field.
Outstanding Web Features:
FutureofNY.org offers a range of content features, including multimedia interactive maps that make it possible to follow the travels of GPS-connected "trackees" throughout the city; audio and video podcasts; and a step-by-step guide that explains how to become an advocate for one's neighborhood, starting with a downloadable brochure The City is You. The site's home page also offers frequent surveys about life in the Big Apple.