Ned Jacobs, a son and lifelong student of the urbanist Jane Jacobs, grew up in New York ’s historic Greenwich Village . As a youth he contributed to saving the Village and its environs from urban renewal projects and expressways and helped pioneer non-destructive forms of development that respect neighbourhood character and scale. After immigrating to Toronto in 1968, he joined the grass-roots movement that stopped the Spadina expressway. A Vancouverite since 1975, Ned has participated in causes and initiatives concerning the environment, transportation, social justice and neighbourhood planning. He has been a guest lecturer for the SFU Urban Studies Program and the UBC School of Regional and Community Planning, and currently serves as a director for the Neighbourhoods for a Sustainable Vancouver.