The death and life of a great urban thinker
April 29th, 2006

On April 25 the media reported the death of American-born Canadian writer and activist Jane Jacobs, best known for The Death and Life of Great American Cities (1961), a powerful critique of the urban renewal policies of the 1950s in the United States. Opposing expressways and supporting neighborhoods were common themes in her life.


“The key with Jane was that she believed that the world was a complex place. It was not a simple place, it was a complex place, and you couldn’t just think in straight lines”

“You had to think about context, how things fit together. That was the key about her.”

Jane Jacobs interviewed in 2001 by Bill Steigerwald
The Jane Jacobs Homepage.
Wikipedia provides an extensive profile of Jane Jacobs.

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