The Death and Life of Great American Cities

The Death and Life of Great American Cities

eBook - 1992
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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] can also be seen in a much larger context.nbsp;nbsp;It is first of all a work of literature; the descriptions of street life as a kind of ballet and the bitingly satiric account of traditional planning theory can still be read for pleasure even by those who long ago absorbed and appropriated the book's arguments."nbsp;nbsp;Jane Jacobs, an editor and writer on architecture in New York City in the early sixties, argued that urban diversity and vitality were being destroyed by powerful architects and city planners.nbsp;nbsp;Rigorous, sane, and delightfully epigrammatic, Jacobs's small masterpiece is a blueprint for the humanistic management of cities.nbsp;nbsp;It is sensible, knowledgeable, readable, indispensable.nbsp;nbsp;The author has written a new foreword for this Modern Library edition.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books/Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 1992
ISBN: 9780525432852
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Sep 28, 2017

why are there zero ever comments for this book? i was trying to search for a book about death within life, or dead Canada and buzz comes up this famous old book. is it the unhomo perspective that makes it so racist?

Aug 03, 2017

I reread this book after a many year interval to see how it would hold up to changed circumstances and increased scrutiny. It doesn't hod up very well, I'm afraid. Far too long. Mostly common sense, but not necessarily true, and not testable. Contradictory and tautological. And today's street users are focused on their gadgets, not other users, so the premise is false.


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