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Tuesday, April 25, 2006

RIP Jane Jacobs

Jane Jacobs has died at the age of 89. Has anyone had a greater impact on theories of urbanism and, most important, on the shape of cities in the last fifty years?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Sadly, I think more impact was made by bad planning than by Ms. Jacobs. (St. Louis is still making a lot of the mistakes she was trying to reverse in the 60s.) But that doesn't decrease her impact on good urbanism. It just shows how much work is left for us.

Luckily, she gave us the tools to continue that work. Anyone that has ever, or plans to, complain about St. Louis' obsession with parking and street grid problems, preservation and neighborhood economies, or the lack of process in major developments should have that book.