THE DEATH AND LIFE OF GREAT AMERICAN CITIES by Jane Jacobs

THE DEATH AND LIFE OF GREAT AMERICAN CITIES

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Described as ""an attack of current city planning and rebuilding"", this book by a noted architectural writer and editor of Architectural Forum makes required reading for anyone concerned with the plight of American urban decay today. Mrs. Jacobs, central figure of a current and much-publicized fight to prevent the demolition of an historic area of Greenwich Village in New York City, is a staunch opponent of the big project, the ""slum clearance"" operation which leaves a neighhood without character or cohesion. She claims there is no relationship between good housing and a low crime rate. She calls for renewal of old buildings without evictions, instead of mass demolitions. She calls for a return to city life, instead of the decentralization which has produced our mindless, cultureless, sprawling suburbs. In short, she fights for the humanizing forces produced by a democratic balance of all classes within one urban community. Many extremist arguments, but all presented with wit, sympathy, and fine writing skill. An urgent comment which should not be missed.

Pub Date: Nov. 3rd, 1961
ISBN: 067974195X
Publisher: Random House