What Can You Learn From a City Neighborhood?

MAY 27, 2014

What makes cities safe? What makes them fun? How do the residents of cities work together with each other and with strangers to make cities work? And what happens when we try to take control of cities?

Join host Janet Neilson as she discusses these ideas with Dr. Sanford Ikeda of SUNY, Purchase College on June 16 at 6:00 p.m. EDT.

(All times EDT)


Check out materials below to learn: 

  • The secret story to be told by a bustling city street 

  • How cities can foster trust 

  • Why cities have historically been a force for freedom



This event was based on the topic of spontaneous order. If you'd like to learn more, check out FEE's learning module on spontaneous order.


Check back soon for a video archive of this event.


Related Material:

Sandy Ikeda's Freeman column, Wabi-Sabi

Sandy's obituary for Jane Jacobs

More on Jane Jacobs

From the Freeman: 
Urban Design and Social Complexity
The Invisible City
Markets as Cities
The Beautiful City
Millennials and the Beautiful City
Market Urbanism is another useful resource.
Video of the full event:
Spontaneous order is also the concept that inspired Leonard E. Read's famous pamphlet, I, Pencil
I, Pencil, in html, pdf, and as audio.  
"I, Pencil" Revisited


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October 2014

Heavily-armed police and their supporters will tell you they need all those armored trucks and heavy guns. It's a dangerous job, not least because Americans have so many guns. But the numbers just don't support these claims: Policing is safer than ever--and it's safer than a lot of common jobs by comparison. Daniel Bier has the analysis. Plus, Iain Murray and Wendy McElroy look at how the Feds are recruiting more and more Americans to do their policework for them.
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