Jane Jacobs


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Jane Jacobs (May 4, 1916 – April 25, 2006) was an American–Canadian journalist, author, and activist best known for her influence on urban studies. Her influential book The Death and Life of Great American Cities (1961) argued that urban renewal did not respect the needs of most city-dwellers. The book also introduced sociology concepts such as "eyes on the street" and "social ... more »

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  • ''Some men tend to cling to old intellectual excitements, just as some belles, when they are old ladies, still cling to the fashions and coiffures of their exciting youth.''
    Jane Jacobs (b. 1916), U.S. urban analyst. The Death and Life of Great American Cities, ch. 18 (1961).
  • ''I was so grateful to be independent of the academic establishment. I thought, how awful it would be to have my future hinge on such people and such decisions.''
    Jane Jacobs (b. 1916), U.S. urban analyst. As quoted in the New York Times, p. 18 (May 31, 1993). The author of several books, including the class...
  • There is a quality even meaner than outright ugliness or disorder, and this meaner quality is the dishonest mask of pretended order, achieved by ignoring or suppressing the real order that is struggli...
    Jane Jacobs (b. 1916), U.S. author. The Death and Life of Great American Cities, introduction (1961).
  • ''... city areas with flourishing diversity sprout strange and unpredictable uses and peculiar scenes. But this is not a drawback of diversity. This is the point ... of it.''
    Jane Jacobs (b. 1916), U.S. urban analyst. The Death and Life of Great American Cities, ch. 10 (1961). Jacobs lived in the lively, diverse Greenwi...
  • ''Cities [are] problems in organized complexity, like the life sciences.''
    Jane Jacobs (b. 1916), U.S. urban analyst. The Death and Life of Great American Cities, ch. 19 (1961). Jacobs lived in the lively, diverse Greenwi...
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