Jane Jacobs and ‘Fact City’

An interesting NYT article describing how Jane Jacob’s and urban theory have influenced Wikipedia.  

Excerpt:

“Ms. Jacobs… “argued that sidewalks provided three important things: safety, contact and the assimilation of children.” She may as well have been talking about wikis, he says: “A wiki has all its activities happening in the open for inspection, as on Jacobs’s sidewalk. Trust is built by observing the actions of others in the community and discovering people with like or complementary interests.”

 

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