The Death and Life of Great American Cities

Vintage Books, 1961 - 458 páginas
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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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Vibrant, vigorous writing. - Goodreads
A great introduction into how to think about cities. - Goodreads
Anecdotal, romanticized, easy to read. - Goodreads
Also, she was a helluva writer. - Goodreads

Review: The Death and Life of Great American Cities

Procura do Utilizador  - Linda - Goodreads

A must read. This old classic gets more obviously relevant the older it gets. Oh but if we had only heard her wisdom and followed her advice half a century ago. Ler crítica na íntegra

Review: The Death and Life of Great American Cities

Procura do Utilizador  - Alex Lee - Goodreads

What Jane Jacobs is really responding to, and criticizing is the spreading of the capital through what John K Galbraith calls the technostructure. Since capitalism's main drive is technology, as ... Ler crítica na íntegra

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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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