The Death and Life of Great American Cities by Jane Jacobs

The Death and Life of Great American Cities, by Jane Jacobs, is a greatly influential book on the subject of urban planning in the 20th century. First published in 1961, the book is a critique of modernist planning policies claimed by Jacobs to be destroying many existing inner-city communities. Reserving her most vitriolic criticism for the "rationalist" planners (specifically Robert Moses) of the 1950s and 1960s, Jacobs argued that modernist urban planning rejects the city, because it rejects human beings living in a community characterized by layered complexity and seeming chaos. The modernist planners used deductive reasoning to find principles by which to plan cities. Among these policies the most violent was urban renewal; the most prevalent was and is the separation of uses (i.e. residential, industrial, commercial).

The 84th greatest nonfiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 39th on The 100 Best Non-Fiction Books of the Century (National Review)
  2. - The 50 Best Books of the Century (Intercollegiate Studies Institute)

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The Death and Life of Great American Cities: 50th Anniversary Edition (Modern Library) Hardcover 30248 $14.85 $7.87 2011
The Death and Life of Great American Cities Paperback 7009 $10.99 $3.60 1992
The Death and Life of Great American Cities: 50th Anniversary Edition Audible Audio Edition 5693 $32.95 2011
The Death and Life of Great American Cities (Modern Library Series) Hardcover 276100 $32.50 $2.66 1993
The Death and Life of Great American Cities Paperback 2067717 $21.38 $16.32 2000
The Death and Life Of Great American Cities Paperback 2307348 $5.20
By Jane Jacobs The Death and Life of Great American Cities (Reissue) Paperback 1141075 $24.93 $20.26 1992
By Jane Jacobs:The Death and Life of Great American Cities (50th Anniversary Edition) (Modern Library) [HARDCOVER] Hardcover 9332852 $23.89 $20.09 2010
The Death and Life of Great American Cities Kindle Edition 39972 2016
The Death and Life of Great American Cities Mass Market Paperback 2780736 $7.94
The Death and Life of Great American Cities Hardcover 1817733 $12.90
The Death and Life of Great American Cities Hardcover 245923 $49.25 $14.00 2002
The Death and Life of Great American Cities Mass Market Paperback 372818 $24.00 $2.00 1963