Brett Goldman on How to Make Neighborhoods Nicer Communities

In Chapter 5 of 14 in his 2012 interview, real estate development executive Brett Goldman answers "What Has Jane Jacobs Taught You About What Makes Communities Great?"  Goldman shares how Jacobs' writing about eyes on the street and low to medium density neighborhoods have informed his efforts to unify neighborhoods into communities. 

Brett Goldman is a Real Estate Acquisitions Director at Triangle Equities in New York City.  He holds a BA in General Studies from the University of Michigan and a Masters in Real Estate Development from the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation.


Erik Michielsen: What has Jane Jacobs taught you about what makes communities great?

Brett Goldman: She really taught me that places make communities.

Jane Jacobs was all about eyes on the street and it was -- she was all about low-density or medium-density neighborhoods that as a result of their nature caused communities to happen. And I sometimes try to apply that to my work. But it's very difficult. It's like place-making.