Our senses heighten with each step we take inside a city. Jane Jacobs encouraged us to walk in centers of life. We can visually and aurally experience what those civic centers have to offer with valuable parts of ourselves. The coupling of our ears and our eyes treat us to the richness of everyday sidewalk ballets. Between the buzzing of public transportation, the crescendos hidden in alleys and the people synching in middles of buildings and streets, we can hear the music of the metropolis.
Upon finding The "What Would Jane Jacobs Do?" Club Mix on a blog called The Periphery, I was inspired to create my own playlist that reflects what, I think, is best illustrated in a quote by Greek philosopher and mathematician Pythagoras, "There is geometry in the humming of the strings, there is music in the spacing of the spheres." The city is the perfect everyday setting for live shows. If you find that you are a pedestrian who prefers their earphones to street symphonies, then feel free to listen to the New Village Press version of a Jane Jacobs playlist by clicking on this link.
1. "Use Somebody" by Paramore 2. "Under the Bridge" by All Saints 3. "Doesn't Mean Anything" by Alicia Keys 4. "Big Yellow Taxi" by Counting Crows ft. Vanessa Carlton 5. "Bay Area Fog (Hyphy Remix)" by San Quinn, Big Rich, Boo Banga, Traxamillion 6. "Hawai'i '78" by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole 7. "Use Sombody" by Craig David 8. "New York" by Alicia Keys 9. "Joe Metro" by Blue Scholars
If you would like to share your own version of a Jane Jacobs-inspired playlist, feel free to drop us a line in the comments section!