The Death and Life of Great American Cities

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Vintage Books, 1961 - Architecture - 458 pages
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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.
  

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User Review  - Mark Abersold - Goodreads

This is pretty much the bible of modern urban planning, and it's definitely a great read if that is a subject that interests you. It delves pretty deeply into the topic matter and as such if you're ... Read full review

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User Review  - Meredith Watts - Goodreads

This book was published fifty years ago, but reads like it was written yesterday by someone you'd really love to talk to. Jacobs is witty, perceptive, funny, and all-knowledgeable about what makes a ... Read full review

Contents

QMBUN
7
Introduction
13
safety 29
27
contact
55
assirniladng children
74
The uses of neighborhood parks
89
The uses of city neighborhoods
112
The generators of diversity
143
The selfdestruction of diversity 241
240
The curse of border vacuums 2 57
257
Unslumming and slumming
270
Gradual money and cataclysmic money
291
Part Four DIFFERENT TACTICS
318
Subsidizing dwellings
319
Erosion of cities or attrition of automobiles
338
its limitations and possibilities
372

The need for primary mixed uses
152
The need for small blocks
178
The need for aged buildings
187
The need for concentration
200
Some myths about diversity
222
Salvaging projects
392
Governing and planning districts
405
The kind of problem a city is
428
Index
449
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Jane Jacobs was the legendary author of The Death and Life of Great American Cities, a work that has never gone out of print and that has transformed the disciplines of urban planning and city architecture. Her other major works include The Economy of Cities, Systems of Survival, The Nature of Economies and Dark Age Ahead. She died in 2006.

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