Sunday, December 27, 2009

Top 100 Urban Thinkers

With the end of the year and the end of the decade (depending on whether you start counting at 0 or 1) at hand, I'm seeing lots of "top" lists, articles, and retrospectives in the last few days.  So for the land use crowd, I'll link to Planetizen's list of Top 100 Urban Thinkers.  Posted back in September, just before my coeditors and I relaunched this blog, the methodology appears to be a reader poll, but it's a pretty interesting list.  Here's the Top 10:

1.  Jane Jacobs

2.  Andres Duany

3.  Christopher Alexander

4.  Frederick Law Olmstead

5.  Kevin A. Lynch

6.  Daniel Burnham

7.  Lewis Mumford

8.  Leon Krier

9.  William H. Whyte

10.  Jan Gehl

Others on the list of interest to me include James Howard Kunstler (12), Ebenezer Howard (18), Pierre Charles L'Enfant (21), Baron Haussmann (22), Robert Moses (23), Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk (24), Le Corbusier (26), Richard Florida (29), Bruce Katz (31), Thomas Jefferson (48), Carol Coletta (49), Edward Glaeser (51), Christopher Leinberger (53), Frank Lloyd Wright (54), Walter Benjamin (58), Walt Disney (59), Wendell Berry (63), Prince Charles(?!) (71), Jacob Riis (72), Richard M. Daley (77), Anthony Downs (88), and Henry Ford (100). 

Food for thought, anyway, during this season of "top" lists and looking back. 

Matt Festa

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