Adam Gopnik talks to a wistful Jane Jacobs, a woman priced out of the neighborhood she helped save: "Whenever I?m here, I go back to look at our house, 555 Hudson Street, and I know that I could never afford it now." But she's still upbeat about NYC. "New York still has so much pizzazz, because people make it new every day. Like all cities, it?s self-organizing. People looking for a date on Third Avenue make it into a place full of hope and expectation, and this has nothing to do with architecture. Those are the emotions that draw us to cities, and they depend on things being a bit messy."
· Cities and Songs [New Yorker]