Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Jane Jacobs, author of "The Death and Life of Great American Cities," dies at the age of 89.

"Ms. Jacobs's enormous achievement was to transcend her own withering critique of 20th-century urban planning and propose radically new principles for rebuilding cities. At a time when both common and inspired wisdom called for bulldozing slums and opening up city space, Ms. Jacobs's prescription was ever more diversity, density and dynamism -- in effect, to crowd people and activities together in a joyous urban jumble."

For a few more musings on her life and work, click here and here.

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