Sunday, April 23, 2006

Jane Jacobs critique of 20th-century urban planning

Jane Jacobs


Jane Jacobs,...came up with a book that challenged and changed the way people view cities, died Toronto


In her book "Death and Life of Great American Cities," written in 1961, Ms. Jacobs's enormous achievement was to transcend her own withering critique of 20th-century urban planning and propose radically new principles for rebuilding cities. At a time when both common and inspired wisdom called for bulldozing slums and opening up city space, Ms. Jacobs's prescription was ever more diversity, density and dynamism — in effect, to crowd people and activities together in a jumping, joyous urban jumble.

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