Roberta Brandes Gratz
is an award-winning journalist and urban critic, lecturer and author and an expert in what makes cities—and villages—vibrant and sustainable. Her most recent book is We’re Still Here Ya Bastards: How the People of New Orleans Rebuilt Their City. Earlier works include: The Battle For Gotham: New York in the Shadow of Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs, the now classic The Living City: Thinking Small in a Big Way, and Cities Back from the Edge: New Life for Downtown.
In 2005, in collaboration with Jane Jacobs, Ms. Gratz and a small group of accomplished urbanists founded The Center for the Living City. She also founded The Reading Room, the first urban writers’ retreat in the U.S. She is a former member of the New York City Landmarks Commission.