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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 1961, become the standard against which all endeavors in...

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 1961, 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. Compassionate, bracingly indignant, and always keenly detailed, Jane Jacobs's monumental work provides an essential framework for assessing the vitality of all cities.

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Number of Pages: 472

ISBN: 0375508732

ISBN-13: 9780375508738


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Classic book that I admit I hadn’t read and my colleagues at a16z crypto got me to read. Interesting to pair it with Robert Caro’s Power Broker, about Robert Moses. Jacobs is indirectly responding to the top-down planning of the Moses era, arguing instead of a more bottom up, orga...

Classic book that I admit I hadn’t read and my colleagues at a16z crypto got me to read. Interesting to pair it with Robert Caro’s Power Broker, about Robert Moses. Jacobs is indirectly responding to the top-down planning of the Moses era, arguing instead of a more bottom up, organic evolution of cities.

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