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User Review  - gypsysmom - LibraryThing

It took me a long time to read this book but at no time did I feel like stopping. It's just that I had to take my time to digest all the important messages Jacobs gave in the book and then think about ... Read full review

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User Review  - AlexEpstein - LibraryThing

Written in 1961, this awesome book pretty much explains why the big city projects of the 50's and 60's didn't work, why tearing down grand old buildings and decaying low-density neighborhoods can be ... Read full review

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User Review  - Maya47Bob46 - LibraryThing

One of the great books about city planning. It got me interested in housing and community development when I first read it in the 1980's. I have been know to quote Jacobs when I am blogging about development. Read full review

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User Review  - ty1997 - LibraryThing

In the early 1960s, as American cities continued their decline into blight, as the suburbs ballooned, and as city planners tried urban renewal methods such as building massive projects and installing ... Read full review

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User Review  - snash - LibraryThing

The Death and Life of Great American Cities was an excellent clearly presented analysis of what makes cities work and what doesn't along with practical suggestions to help problem neighborhoods. I don ... Read full review

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User Review  - jasonli - LibraryThing

Jacobs' "The Death and Life of Great American Cities" is a classic primer on urban planning, specifically geared towards cities in North America. It answers the question why do some areas in cities ... Read full review

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User Review  - bezoar44 - LibraryThing

What an astounding book. Published fifty years ago, in 1961, the Death and Life of Great American Cities challenged planning orthodoxy and the then widespread practice of leveling 'blighted ... Read full review

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User Review  - rachelv - LibraryThing

Anyone at all interested in cities and urbanism should read this book. It's fantastic. A surprisingly easy read considering how packed with information it is. Read full review

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I just wanted to add one more 5-star review for this book. It is a book that changes your view of urban life, and makes explicit many truths that you may not have consciously realised about urban flow, urban regeneration, and suburbs. Even if you don't have any particular interest in the topic, it will pull you in, and it will colour your understanding of human interaction in cities. 

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User Review  - nhcoffin - LibraryThing

This is one of those books every city dweller SHOULD read. Read full review


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