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A C K N O W L E D G M E N T S The main work of the Street Life Project was done by a small band of observers, and I want to thank them for their diligence, their curiosity, and their eagerness to dispute my hypotheses. The principal researchers the first years were Marilyn Russell and Nancy Linday. They were joined by Fred Kent, who later was to found a successor organization named the Project for Public Spaces, and by Ellen Ascher, Margaret Bemiss, Ann Herendeen, and Elizabeth Dietel. Working with us on special studies were Beverly Peyser, Ellen Iseman, and Ann S. Roberts . For their support of our research I particularly wish to thank The American Conservation Association and Laurance S. Rockefeller. Others who gave support were the Vincent Astor Foundation, the Fund for the City of New York, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, the J. M. Kaplan Fund, the National Geographic Society, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Rockefeller Family Fund, and the Arthur Ross Foundation. In 1980 I worked up a "prebook." There was still a lot of research to be done, but on one aspect of our work it was well in hand. That was our study of plazas and parks. There were some clear lessons for architects and planners, and I thought it would be helpful to get them out sooner than later. Under the title The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces the manual was published in softcover in 1980 by the Conservation Foundation. For this and his continuing support I am indebted to President William K. Reilly. As my film footage grew I resolved to incorporate it in a documentary covering the points of the manual and its title. This was distributed by the Municipal Art Society of New York; for this I am indebted to then Executive Director Margot Wellington and to the society's president, the late Doris Freedman, one of the reasons many New York spaces so delight the eye. Thanks to the interest of station WGBH in Boston, the film got a second life. It was shown on the PBS network as part of the "Nova" science series, retitled Public Spaces/Human Places. [388] ACKNOWLEDGMENTS I want to thank the following individuals for their help: Kent Barwick, Laurie Beckelman, Daniel Biederman, Peter Bosselmann, Angela Danadjieva, David Dillon, Donald H. Elliott, James M. Fitch, Nelson Foote, Martin Gallent, Brendan Gill, Sally Goodgold, Samuel Hamill, Mark Hinshaw, Philip K. Howard, Con Howe, Allan Jacobs, Fred Kent, Don C. Miles, Boris Pushkarev, Genie Rice, Halina Rosenthal , Stephen J. Small, Gail Thomas, George Williams, and Conrad Wirth. ...


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