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Eyes on the street : the life of Jane Jacobs

by Kanigel, Robert,

Format: Print Book 2016
Availability: Available at 7 Libraries 7 of 7 copies
Available (7)
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Braddock Carnegie Library Non Fiction 92 JAC
Location  Braddock Carnegie Library
Collection  Non Fiction
Call Number  92 JAC
C.C. Mellor Memorial Library Non Fiction 92 Jacobs
Location  C.C. Mellor Memorial Library
Collection  Non Fiction
Call Number  92 Jacobs
CLP - Main Library Mezzanine - Non-fiction HT167.K325 2016
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Mezzanine - Non-fiction
Call Number  HT167.K325 2016
Carnegie Library of Homestead Non Fiction 92 Jaco
Location  Carnegie Library of Homestead
Collection  Non Fiction
Call Number  92 Jaco
Monroeville Public Library Non-fiction 711.409 KANIGEL
Location  Monroeville Public Library
Collection  Non-fiction
Call Number  711.409 KANIGEL
Mt. Lebanon Public Library Non-Fiction 711.4092 Kan
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
Collection  Non-Fiction
Call Number  711.4092 Kan
Penn Hills Library Non-Fiction 92 JACOBS
Location  Penn Hills Library
Collection  Non-Fiction
Call Number  92 JACOBS
Eyes on the Street is a revelation of the phenomenal woman who raised three children, wrote seven groundbreaking books, saved neighborhoods, stopped expressways, was arrested twice, and engaged at home and on the streets in thousands of debates--all of which she won. Here is the child who challenged her third-grade teacher; the high school poet; the journalist who honed her writing skills at Iron Age , Architectural Forum , Fortune , and other outlets, while amassing the knowledge she would draw upon to write her most famous book, The Death and Life of Great American Cities . Here, too, is the activist who helped lead an ultimately successful protest against Robert Moses's proposed expressway through her beloved Greenwich Village; and who, in order to keep her sons out of the Vietnam War, moved to Canada, where she became as well known and admired as she was in the United States.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* Kanigel's delight in his subject, one of the premier intellectual figures of the twentieth century, shimmers on every page, so inspired is he by Jane Jacobs' independence, curiosity, antic humor, industriousness, and genius for discerning and articulating the dynamics of vibrant city life. Jacobs is most revered for her seminal work, The Death and Life of Great American Cities (1961), an audacious treatise by a Scranton gal who, for all her brains, completed a secretarial course but never finished college. Her office skills kept her employed in the 1930s, when she lived in Greenwich Village; she then found work as a writer at a trade magazine, the U.S. Office of War Information, and, after marrying an architect, Architectural Forum, where she began formulating her radical theories about the exuberant diversity of street life in the era of brutal urban renewal. Kanigel portrays Jacobs, intrepid mother of three, working intensely on her heavily researched, controversial books; successfully opposing neighborhood-destroying projects proposed by city planner Robert Moses; navigating fame; and moving with her family to Toronto in protest against the Vietnam War. In this zestfully illuminating and entertaining biography, Kanigel aligns Jacobs with her peers Rachel Carson and Betty Friedan as he takes full measure of her accomplishments and influence and elucidates the scope and passion of her unique quest to understand what sustains civilization.--Seaman, Donna Copyright 2016 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Kanigel (The Man Who Knew Infinity) captures the life and character of Jane Jacobs (1916-2006), a stubborn, principled activist and the doyenne of urban planning. Jacobs-best known for her highly influential and heralded book The Death and Life of Great American Cities, which attacked efficiency-focused midcentury urban planning policies and called for livable, diverse, and pedestrian-friendly cities-led an intellectually and socially rich life from start to finish. She enjoyed an idyllic childhood in Scranton, Pa., and got her first big break in 1935 at age 19, writing about Manhattan's fur district for Vogue. She fell in love with the lively West Village upon exiting the Christopher Street subway station for the first time. Kanigel turns Jacobs's life into a fascinating narrative with an endearing, obstinate, brilliant protagonist. Readers familiar with Jacobs's work will enjoy reading the behind-the-scenes anecdotes from her career-at her first lecture at Harvard, which was a smashing success, she was only filling in at the last minute for her boss and was so nervous she memorized her speech beforehand-and those who are learning about her for the first time will want to immediately pick up one (or all seven) of the books she wrote. Agent: Michael V. Carlisle, InkWell Management. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Jacobs, Jane, -- 1916-2006.
City planners -- United States -- Biography.
City planners -- Canada -- Biography.
City planning -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
City planning -- Canada -- History -- 20th century.
Urban renewal -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Urban renewal -- Canada -- History -- 20th century.
Sociology, Urban -- Philosophy.
Publisher New York :2016
Edition First edition.
Language English
Notes Maps on lining papers.
Description viii, 482 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 453-466) and index.
ISBN 9780307961907
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