Jane Jacobs, 1916-2006
You may not have heard of Jane Jacobs, but her 1961 classic book "The Death and Life of Great American Cities"; an intensely personal analysis of what makes cities vital and livable, did for cities what Rachel Carson's 1962's "Silent Spring" did for the environmental movement. She was a champion of good urban and disdained the Robert Moses roadbuilding era. Unlike Carson, Ms. Jacobs lived long enough to see her vision at least partially realized. She died in Toronto on Tuesday at the age of 89.
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