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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