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    DescriptionPublished to coincide with the 50th anniversary of its initial publication, this special edition of Jane Jacobs's masterpiece, "The Death and Life of Great American Cities, "features a new Introduction by Jason Epstein, the book's original editor, who provides an intimate perspective on Jacobs herself and unique insights into the creation and lasting influence of this classic. "The Death and Life of Great American Cities" was described by "The New York Times" as "perhaps the most influential single work in the history of town planning. . . . [It] can also be seen in a much larger context. It is first of all a work of literature; the descriptions of street life as a kind of ballet and the bitingly satiric account of traditional planning theory can still be read for pleasure even by those who long ago absorbed and appropriated the book's arguments." Jane Jacobs, an editor and writer on architecture in New York City in the early sixties, argued that urban diversity and vitality were being destroyed by powerful architects and city planners. Rigorous, sane, and delightfully epigrammatic, Jane Jacobs's tour de force is a blueprint for the humanistic management of cities. It remains sensible, knowledgeable, readable, and indispensable.


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    Title
    The Death and Life of Great American Cities
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jane Jacobs
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 598
    Width: 122 mm
    Height: 185 mm
    Thickness: 41 mm
    Weight: 635 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780679644330
    ISBN 10: 0679644334
    Classifications

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    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T7.0
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T General Subject: 750
    BIC subject category V2: JFSG
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 01
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    Libri: I-PL
    Ingram Subject Code: PL
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    B&T Approval Code: A32303000
    BISAC V2.8: ARC010000, POL002000
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    DC21: 307.1216097
    B&T Approval Code: A14620000
    DC22: 307.1216097
    LC classification: HT167 .J33 2011
    Edition
    50
    Edition statement
    50th Anniversary ed
    Publisher
    Random House USA Inc
    Imprint name
    Modern Library Inc
    Publication date
    13 September 2011
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Jane Jacobs (1916-2006) was a writer and activist who championed new approaches to urban planning for more than forty years. Her 1961 treatise, "The Death and Life of Great American Cities, "became perhaps the most influential American text about the inner workings and failings of cities, inspiring generations of urban planners and activists. Her efforts to stop the building of downtown expressways and protect local neighborhoods invigorated community-based urban activism and helped end Parks Commissioner Robert Moses' reign of power in New York City. Jason Epstein is the recipient of many awards, including the National Book Award for Distinguished Service to American Letters, the Lifetime Achievement Award of the National Book Critics Circle, and the Curtis Benjamin Award given by the American Association of Publishers for enriching the world of books. For many years he was editorial director of Random House. He is the author of "Book Business: Publishing Past, Present, and Future" and "Eating."
    Review quote
    "Refreshing, provocative, stimulating and exciting . . . It fairly crackles with bright honesty and common sense."--"The New York Times" " " "One of the most remarkable books ever written about the city . . . a "primary" work. The research apparatus is not pretentious--it is the eye and the heart--but it has given us a magnificent study of what gives life and spirit to the city."--William H. Whyte, author of "City: Rediscovering the Center"