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Thursday, April 27, 2006

On the Passing of Jane Jacobs

Jane Jacobs, Social Critic Who Redefined and Championed Cities, Is Dead at 89 - New York Times

Jane Jacobs, one of my heroes, died Tuesday. Her book, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, captured so much of what is wrong with late 20th Century urban planning. But besides her ideas, I admired her because she was an amateur. Never attended college, certainly no architect, she threw a molotov cocktail at urban planners that is still burning today. The times obit captures much more than I'm prepared to write.

3 Comments:

At 5:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

On Sunday, April 30, the Courier Journal had an article about her passing. Although much longer than your single paragraph, it didn't say much more.
Dad.

 
At 6:53 PM, Blogger O said...

Hey Scott -

Stumbled across your blog. Live here in the Phoenix metro area, too, and am interested in urban design. Haven't read Jacobs' book but will definitely put it on my list. Have you read "Suburban Nation?"

Take it easy, O

 
At 9:02 PM, Blogger Not Scott said...

Yep, very familiar with Suburban Nation. Also, put Geography of Nowhere on the list. Much more fun than these stodgy academic works.

 

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