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The death and life of great American cities [GRPL Book Club] / Jane Jacobs ; with a new introduction by Jason Epstein and a foreword by the author.

The death and life of great American cities [GRPL Book Club]

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  • ISBN: 0679644334 (hbk.) :
  • ISBN: 9780679644330 (hbk.)
  • Physical Description: xxxvi, 598 p. ; 19 cm.
  • Edition: 50th anniversary ed., 2011 Modern Library ed.
  • Publisher: New York : Modern Library, 2011.

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General Note: If you would like to request available book club copies, please call 988-5400.
Originally published: New York : Random House, 1961.
Includes index.
Formatted Contents Note: The peculiar nature of cities. The uses of sidewalks: assimilating children ; The uses of neighborhood parks ; The uses of city neighborhoods -- The conditions for city diversity. The generators of diversity ; The need for primary mixed uses ; The need for small blocks ; The need for aged buildings ; The need for concentration ; Some myths about diversity -- Forces of decline and regeneration. The self-destruction of diversity ; The curse of border vacuums ; Unslumming and slumming ; Gradual money and cataclysmic money -- Different tactics. Subsidizing dwellings ; Erosion of cities or attrition of automobiles ; Visual order: its limitations and possibilities ; Salvaging projects ; Governing and planning districts ; The kind of problem a city is.
Summary, etc.: The Death and Life of Great American Cities was described by The New York Times as "perhaps the most influential single work in the history of town planning. ... [It] can also be seen in a much larger context. It is first of all a work of literature; the descriptions of street life as a kind of ballet and the bitingly satiric account of traditional planning theory can still be read for pleasure even by those who long ago absorbed and appropriated the book's arguments." Jane Jacobs, an editor and writer on architecture in New York City in the early sixties, argued that urban diversity and vitality were being destroyed by powerful architects and city planners. Rigorous, sane, and delightfully epigrammatic, Jane Jacobs's tour de force is a blueprint for the humanistic management of cities. It remains sensible, knowledgeable, readable, and indispensable. --- Book Description.
Subject: City planning ǂz United States.
Urban renewal ǂz United States.
Urban policy ǂz United States.

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