|类型/形式：||Dust jackets (Binding)|
Jacobs, Jane, 1916-2006.
Death and life of great American cities.
[New York] Random House 
|描述：||458 pages ; 24 cm|
|内容：||Peculiar nature of cities: Uses of sidewalks, safety; Uses of sidewalks, contact; Uses of sidewalks, assimilating children; Uses of neighborhood parks; Uses of city neighborhoods --
Conditions for city diversity: Generators of diversity; Need for mixed primary uses; Need for small blocks; Need for aged buildings; Need for concentration; Some myths about diversity --
Forces of decline and regeneration: Self-destruction of diversity; 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; Kind of problem a city is.
Jane Jacobs critiques the comprehensive modernist approach to urban planning after 1945. By the 1950s, various American cities were pursuing ambitious urban renewal policies, influenced by Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier's concept of the "Radiant City." Jacobs sees this being utterly at odds with urban realities, and leading to the destruction of the city as a living community. This futurist vision insisted on the absolute segregation of the city's different activities into separate zones, linked (though also physically isolated) by super-highways set in wide parkland landscaping. The colossal physical destruction that was necessary to implement this vision tore apart the traditional multi-activity street and densely populated neighborhood that Jacobs avers is the bedrock of urban living.