The Death and Life of Great American Cities: 40 Years Later

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University of Cincinnati, 2002 - 120 pages
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This paper examines how planning ideology and practice in Cincinnati have changed over the last fifty years, and whether or not there are any remnants of Jane Jacobs' ideals reflected in current planning activities. Specifically, this paper examines changes in planning policy toward the four conditions for city diversity discussed in Part Two of The Death and Life of Great American Cities: mixed primary uses, short blocks, aged buildings, and concentration of people. At a macro level of analysis, Cincinnati's policies have changed significantly over time. However, when examined more closely, two things become apparent. First, some of the broad changes in thinking that have taken place had already occurred when Jacobs first published Death and Life in 1961. Second, in many respects, city policies toward mixed-uses, aged buildings, short blocks, and concentration still do not completely reflect Jacobs' ideals.

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