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fw- Jane Jacobs: Leading voice of the city
« on: May 05, 2006, 03:59:34 PM »

(An aside, a green party candidate spoke at the Albany rally opposing eminent domain and cited eloquent Ms. Jacobs.)

Jane Jacobs: Leading voice of the city

By Jeff Pruzan in New York, Financial Times,
April 25 2006
     Jane Jacobs, a giant among urban critics and
enthusiasts who died on Tuesday aged 89, spent her entire career
fighting for one deceptively simple principle: leave the
cities alone and let them develop by themselves.
     In many ways, Jacobs's tireless fight for the
organic, spontaneous city -- for wide sidewalks, old
buildings, a mix of businesses, semi-supervised children at play, and
trees -- was ahead of its time....
     To read more register on The Financial Times:

Also, Jane Jacobs interview in Reason magazine,
June 2001:
She is "...revered as North America's great
expert on cities and the way they work. But 40 years ago, when her
masterpiece 'The Death and Life of Great American Cities' was
first published, she was assaulting -- and shattering
-- the fundamental tenets of urban planning.
     "That book was part literature, part journalism, and part
sociology; it looked at cities from the sidewalks
and street-corners up, not from the Ivory Tower down.
Healthy cities, Jacobs argued, are organic, messy,
spontaneous, and serendipitous. They thrive on economic,
architectural, and human diversity, on dense populations and mixed
land uses -- not on orderly redevelopment plans that replaced
whole neighborhoods with concrete office parks and
plazas in the name of slum clearance or city beautification.
     "Jacobs has no professional training and only
a high school diploma. But in the years since 'Death and Life'
was published, her 'radical' ideas about what makes cities
livable have become popular -- in some quarters, near gospel. To some
extent, this was driven by Jacobs' own civic activism,
fighting to protect her New York neighborhood against the city
planners' designs.
     You can read all of it here:
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