Roberta Brandes Gratz

Roberta Brandes Gratz is an award-winning journalist and author of Battle For Gotham: New York in the Shadow of Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs, and most recently, We’re Still Here Ya Bastards: How the People of New Orleans Rebuilt Their City.

The Jane Jacobs Century

On the occasion of what would have been her 100th birthday, a look back at just how and why Jacobs’ insights on cities have proved so enduring.

Rochester's Unique Place in the Rustbelt Revival

With rebounding historic neighborhoods and a diversified economy, Rochester's future doesn't have to be as grim as some fear.

What Cities Looking to Shrink Can Learn From New Orleans

Those who choose to stay in derelict, empty neighborhoods can often pinpoint a place's particular value.

Jane Jacobs and the Power of Women Planners

In a field dominated by men, Jacobs broke through with groundbreaking, decidedly female ideas about how cities should work

Making Pittsburgh New by Keeping it Old

A critic of development joins the other side