The Death and Life of Great American Cities

The Death and Life of Great American Cities

Book - 1992
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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 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.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1992, c1989.
ISBN: 9780679741954
Branch Call Number: 307/.76/0973/Jac 43mb 01
Characteristics: 458 p.


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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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