The Death and Life of Great American Cities by Jane Jacobs

This book is a critique of 1950s urban planning policy, which it holds responsible for the decline of many city neighborhoods in the United States. The author argues that modernist urban planning rejects the city, because it rejects human beings living in a community characterized by layered complexity and seeming chaos. The book introduces groundbreaking ideas about how cities function, evolve and fail, providing a new perspective on the essentials of vibrant city life. The author also provides concrete examples of the unexpected consequences of urban renewal.

The 669th greatest book of all time


Published
1961
Nationality
American
Type
Nonfiction
Pages
400-500
Words
148,000
Original Language
English

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