Genius of common sense: Jane Jacobs and the story of The death and life of great American cities

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David R. Godine, Publisher,
Pub. Date:
2009.
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English
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Three books, all written by women in the early 1960s, changed the way we looked at the world and ourselves: Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique, and Jane Jacobs's The Death and Life of Great American Cities. All three books created revolutions in their respective spheres of influence, and nothing affected city planning and architecture – or the way we think about how life is lived in densely packed urban centers – more than Jane Jacobs's far-sighted polemic. This was an era when the "urban renewal" movement was at its most aggressive, and Jacobs correctly perceived that the new structures that were being built to replace the aging housing of our older cities were often far worse, in both their impact on society and their architectural sterility, than what urban planners identified as "the problem." She was ridiculed and pilloried by the establishment, but her ideas quickly took hold, and no one ever looked at what made for livable and viable neighborhoods the same way again.
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subject_facet City planners -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature, City planning -- History -- 20th century -- Juvenile literature, City planning -- New York (State) -- New York -- History -- 20th century -- Juvenile literature, Neighborhoods -- New York (State) -- New York -- History -- 20th century -- Juvenile literature, Sociology, Urban -- History -- 20th century -- Juvenile literature, Women city planners -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature
table_of_contents An obstreperous young girl -- Growing up in the Electric City -- Becoming a writer in New York -- Cupid and the candy-store house -- Reporting and learning at Architectural Forum -- Jane's good Fortune article -- A bunch of mothers-- and children -- An attack on city planning -- Saving the West Village -- The impact of Death and life -- Fighting city hall and an expressway -- Reviving cities everywhere.
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title Genius of common sense : Jane Jacobs and the story of The death and life of great American cities
title_alt Common sense :, Jane Jacobs and the story of The death and life of great American cities.
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