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The Death and Life of Great American Cities
Please wait while your PDF document uploads. Share with all stores. Sep 13, Minutes Buy. Dec 01, ISBN Sep 13, ISBN Jul 20, ISBN Sep 13, Minutes. A direct and fundamentally optimistic indictment of the short-sightedness and intellectual arrogance that has characterized much of urban planning in this century, The Death and Life of Great American Cities has, since its first publication in , become the standard against which all endeavors in that field are measured.
In prose of outstanding immediacy, Jane Jacobs writes about what makes streets safe or unsafe; about what constitutes a neighborhood, and what function it serves within the larger organism of the city; about why some neighborhoods remain impoverished while others regenerate themselves.
She writes about the salutary role of funeral parlors and tenement windows, the dangers of too much development money and too little diversity. It remains sensible, knowledgeable, readable, and indispensable. Thirty years after its publication, The Death and Life of Great American Cities was described by The New York Times as "perhaps the most influential single work in the history of town planning…. It is sensible, knowledgeable, readable, indispensable.
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The author has written a new foreword for this Modern Library edition. It fairly crackles with bright honesty and common sense.
Book review: “The Death and Life of Great American Cities” by Jane Jacobs
The research apparatus is not pretentious—it is the eye and the heart—but it has given us a magnificent study of what gives life and spirit to the city. Whyte, author of City: Rediscovering the Center. Read An Excerpt.
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