Jane Jacobs


Jane Jacobs Quotes

  • ''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).
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  • ''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 classic Death and Life of Great American Cities, Jacobs was describing an interaction with urban planners from Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She never attended college.
  • ''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 struggling to exist and to be served.''
    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 Greenwich Village neighborhood in Manhattan (New York City).
  • ''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 Greenwich Village section of Manhattan (New York City).
  • ''To approach a city ... as if it were [an] ... architectural problem ... is to make the mistake of attempting to substitute art for life.... The results ... are neither life nor art. They are taxidermy.''
    Jane Jacobs (b. 1916), U.S. author and urban design critic. The Death and Life of Great American Cities, ch. 19 (1961).
  • ''The point of cities is multiplicity of choice.''
    Jane Jacobs (b. 1916), U.S. urban analyst. The Death and Life of Great American Cities, ch. 18 (1961). Jacobs lived in the lively, diverse Greenwich Village neighborhood of Manhattan (New York City).
  • ''Sentimentality about nature denatures everything it touches.''
    Jane Jacobs (b. 1916), U.S. urban analyst. The Death and Life of Great American Cities, ch. 22 (1961).
  • ''It may be romantic to search for the salves of society's ills in slow-moving rustic surroundings, or among innocent, unspoiled provincials, if such exist, but it is a waste of time.''
    Jane Jacobs (b. 1916), U.S. urban analyst. The Death and Life of Great American Cities, ch. 22 (1961). Jacobs lived in the lively, diverse Greenwich Village section of Manhattan (New York City).

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