About Jane Jacobs


Jane Jacobs (1916-2006) was an urbanist and activist whose writings championed a fresh, community-based approach to city building. She saw cities as ecosystems that had their own logic and dynamism which would change over time according to how they were used. With a keen eye for detail, she wrote eloquently about sidewalks, parks, retail design and self-organization. She promoted higher density in cities, short blocks, local economies and mixed uses. Jacobs helped derail the car-centred approach to urban planning in both New York and Toronto, invigorating neighborhood activism by helping stop the expansion of expressways and roads. She lived in Greenwich Village for decades, then moved to Toronto in 1968 where she continued her work and writing on urbanism, economies and social issues until her death in April 2006.

Books by Jane Jacobs
* The Death and Life of Great American Cities (1961)
* The Economy of Cities (1969)
* The Question of Separatism: Quebec and the Struggle over Separation (1980)
* Cities and the Wealth of Nations (1984)
* Systems of Survival: A Dialogue on the Moral Foundations of Commerce and Politics (1992)
* The Nature of Economies (2000)
* Dark Age Ahead (2004)


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