50 years after the Death and Life of Great American Cities, there is more life to cities than ever.
The American Conservative celebrates the 50th anniversary of Jane Jacob’s Death and Life of Great American Cities. They asked several writers about their take on Jacob’s legacy and urbanism today.
Take Away Quote:
Death and Life is suffused with the idea that the welfare of individual persons — not the efficiency of infrastructure or continued economic growth — should be the primary aim of good city design. Her recognition that particular persons often suffered at the hands of the abstract theory of modernist planners led to a skepticism of big universal schemes imposed on the urban landscape.