The Death and Life of Great American Cities

by Vintage Books

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  • Vintage Books
  • A direct and fundamentally optimistic indictment of the short-sightedness and intellectual arrogance that has
    characterized much of urban planning in this century, The Death and Life of Great American Cities has, since its first
    publication in 1961, become the standard against which all endeavors in that field are measured. In prose of outstanding
    immediacy, Jane Jacobs writes about what makes streets safe or unsafe; about what constitutes a neighborhood, and what
    function it serves within the larger organism of the city; about why some neighborhoods remain impoverished while others
    regenerate themselves. She writes about the salutary role of funeral parlors and tenement windows, the dangers of too
    much development money and too little diversity. Compassionate, bracingly indignant, and always keenly detailed, Jane
    Jacobs's monumental work provides an essential framework for assessing the vitality of all cities.


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