Jane Jacobs, NIMBY?

Howard Husock reads two new books on Jane Jacobs, which he says reveal the unexplored significance of Jacob's activist side, opening the doors to protesting the entire activity of city planning.

"Though Jacobs's ideas were lobbed like grenades from outside her era's planning and architecture establishment-she had no formal training in either-her defense of cities' apparent disorder has become more widely accepted."

"It's become too easy to stop new projects-often with the tactics Jacobs pioneered, but without any countervailing theory of how cities should work, only a fear of change and a desire to protect special interests at the public's expense."

Full Story: Jane Jacobs’s Legacy

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