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Genius of common sense : Jane Jacobs and the story of The death and life of great American cities

by Lang, Glenna.

Format: Print Book 2009
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Summary

In 1961, Jane Jacobs' book The Death and Life of Great American Cities , revolutionized the fields of city planning and city architecture. Jacobs perceived that the new structures being built to replace the aging housing of older cities were often far worse. This book reveals how Jacobs changed the way the world thought forever.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "This lively biography of a rebel activist will appeal to teen conservationists wherever they live, especially if they love cities and neighborhood diversity. Illustrated with lots of black-and-white vintage photos and Lang and Wunsch's illustrations, this celebration of urban life describes how Jacobs fought the urban renewal planners who thought that the solution to deteriorating neighborhoods was to tear down old buildings and replace them with new ones. Jacobs, in turn, showed that many of the resulting high-rise buildings made neighborhoods less safe. In her view, city neighborhoods thrive because they are complicated and dynamic rather than sterile and neat. In many cases, she won her arguments, as when she defeated a proposal to run a four-lane highway through Washington Square in Manhattan. The focus is on New York City, but the issues are universal, and drawn by the obstreperous rebel's success, teens may want to move on to Jacobs' seminal book, The Death and Life of Great American Cities (1961). The extensive back matter includes notes and a bibliography.--Rochman, Hazel Copyright 2009 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Jacobs, Jane, -- 1916-2006 -- Juvenile literature.
Jacobs, Jane, -- 1916-2006. -- Death and life of great American cities -- Juvenile literature.
Jacobs, Jane, -- 1916-2006.
Women city planners -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
City planners -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
City planning -- History -- 20th century -- Juvenile literature.
Sociology, Urban -- History -- 20th century -- Juvenile literature.
City planning -- New York (State) -- New York -- History -- 20th century -- Juvenile literature.
Neighborhoods -- New York (State) -- New York -- History -- 20th century -- Juvenile literature.
Women -- Biography.
Publisher Boston :David R. Godine, Publisher,2009
Contributors Wunsch, Marjory.
Audience Ages 10 & up.
Language English
Description 127 pages : illustrations, maps ; 26 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 118-121) and index.
ISBN 9781567923841
1567923844
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