The Death and Life of Great American Cities
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The Death and Life of Great American Cities

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In this classic text, Jane Jacobs set out to produce an attack on current city planning and rebuilding and to introduce new principles by which these should be governed. The result is one of the most stimulating books on cities ever written.

Throughout the post-war period, planners temperamentally unsympathetic to cities have been let loose on our urban environment. Inspired by the ideals of the Garden City or Le Corbusier's Radiant City, they have dreamt up ambitious projects based on self-contained neighbourhoods, super-blocks, rigid 'scientific' plans and endless acres of grass. Yet they seldom stop to look at what actually works on the ground. The real vitality of cities, argues Jacobs, lies in their diversity, architectural variety, teeming street life and human scale. It is only when we appreciate such fundamental realities that we can hope to create cities that are safe, interesting and economically viable, as well as places that people want to live in.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 480 pages
  • 153 x 234 x 35mm | 620g
  • Vintage Publishing
  • PIMLICO
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0
  • 0712665838
  • 9780712665834
  • 164,750

Table of contents

1: IntroductionPart One: The Peculiar Nature of Cities2: The uses of sidewalks: safety3: The uses of sidewalks: contact4: The uses of sidewalks: assimilating children5: The uses of neighbourhood parks6: The uses of city neighbourhoodsPart Two: The Conditions for City Diversity7: The generators of diversity8: The need for mixed primary uses9: The need for small blocks10: The need for aged buildings11: The need for concentration12: Some myths about diversityPart Three: Forces of Decline and Regeneration13: The self-destruction of diversity14: The curse of border vacuums15: Unslumming and slumming16: Gradual money and cataclysmic moneyPart Four: Different Tactics17: Subsidizing dwellings18: Erosion of cities or attrition of automobiles19: Visual order: its limitations and possibilities20: Salvaging projects21: Governing and planning districts22: The kind of problem a city is
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About Jane Jacobs

Jane Jacobs was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, in 1916, and now lives in Toronto, Canada. She is also the author of The Economy of Cities, The Question of Separatism: Quebec and the Struggle over Sovereignty, Cities and the Wealth of Nations, and Systems of Survival. She died in 2006.
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"The most refreshing, provacative, stimulating and exciting study of this [great problem] which I have seen. It fairly crackles with bright honesty and common sense" -- Harrison Salisbury * 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 The Organization Man "Perhaps the most influential single work in the history of town planning... Jacobs has a powerful sense of narrative, a lively wit, a talent for surprise and the ability to touch the emotions as well as the mind" * New York Times Book Review * "An immensely provocative and rewarding book... It challenges comfortable assumptions...but it does so in a manner that is neither rancorous nor contentions" -- Jonathan Yardley * Washington Post *
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"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"
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