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The death and life of great American cities

Author: Jane Jacobs
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2016.
Series: Pelican books
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Thirty years after its publication, 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Jacobs, Jane, 1916-2006.
Death and life of great American cities.
New York : Vintage Books, 1992
(OCoLC)645744220
Print version:
Jacobs, Jane.
Death and life of great American cities.
New York : Vintage Books, 2016
(DLC) 92050082
(OCoLC)26213966
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jane Jacobs
ISBN: 9780525432852 052543285X
OCLC Number: 966241736
Notes: Title from resource description page (Recorded Books, viewed December 05, 2016).
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: The peculiar nature of cities. The uses of sidewalks : safety --
The uses of sidewalks : contact --
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.
Series Title: Pelican books
Responsibility: Jane Jacobs.

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Thirty years after its publication, 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, Jacobs's small masterpiece is a blueprint for the humanistic management of cities. It is sensible, knowledgeable, readable, indispensable. The author has written a new foreword for this Modern Library edition.

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