Pondicherry through the eyes of Jane Jacobs

Urban Design Collective

Jane Jacobs, a self-taught urbanist and activist believed that a city had to be experienced, lived in and required unique customized solutions. Many of her principles come across as common sense today but were ahead of their time at one point. The Jane Jacobs Walk Foundation organizes annual neighbourhood walks early May, to coincide with her birthday. This year UDC brought the walk to India – to Pondicherry, Chennai and Mumbai. I was lucky to have been able to attend the walks in Pondicherry and Chennai, both of which changed the way I look at these neighbourhoods. This here, is an account of the walk in Pondicherry’s Boulevard Town.

“Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.” – Jane Jacobs, Death and Life of Great American Cities

Pondicherry has three strong influences that lend it a unique character. It was a…

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I am quite the wave rider, have surfed through life quite happily. From school, to college and work and college again and work work work .. and now I am afraid I am running out of waves... and hence the blog. I spend my lunch breaks reading quite a few, and have been itching to join the band wagon. Plus my favourite bloggers all have lives and don't write as often as I read :)

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