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Mark Stroup

Because I've always been a Jane Jacobs fan, the whole idea of open source/distributed systems has always been appealing to me. The closest the Pittsburgh Urban Redevelopment Authority has come to using such a system was with the Housing Recovery Program (HRP). The HRP created a three-way shared risk and shared investment program between URA, lenders, and individuals. It had its flaws, but it's one of the main reasons my Pittsburgh neighborhood, Friendship, is now thriving. Nevertheless, the Murphy administration essentially killed HRP. Here's hoping that the powers that be reexamine HRP with an eye towards the renewal of downtown and other neighborhoods.

Jane Jacobs has died, but she infected us with a sensibility that will live on in tens of thousands of thoughtful urbanists.

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