On Reading Jane Jacobs...Finally
"Despite the fact that I consider myself a hard-core urbanist steeped in the gospel of Jane Jacobs, until recently I had never actually read her classic The Death and Life of Great American Cities..."
"I decided to read itâ€"really read itâ€"about a year ago, after New York Times architecture critic Nicolai Ouroussoff pinned opposition to developer Bruce Ratner's Atlantic Yards megaproject in Brooklyn on "acolytes of urbanist Jane Jacobs." Predictably I didnâ€™t sit down with the book until after Jacobs died in April."
"The Jacobs I thought I knewâ€"an advocate for small-scale thinking and an opponent of large-scale projectsâ€"is not the one I discovered when I actually began to read her text."
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