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.