Jane Jacobs by Alice Sparberg Alexiou
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Jane Jacobs
By Alice Sparberg Alexiou

Jane Jacobs

Urban Visionary

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Jane Jacobs by Alice Sparberg Alexiou

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Today, we take for granted the wisdom of renovating old factory buildings into malls or condos, of making once decaying waterfronts like Baltimore's and New York's into vibrant public spaces, of protecting historic buildings under landmark laws, or of building public housing on a human scale rather than as high-rises. In contemporary cities, it is now common for community groups to plant gardens in empty lots, and to buy abandoned apartment buildings from the city for a dollar and fix them up. But these and other urban planning policies and practices have not always been accepted. Before they became widespread practice, they were the visionary ideas of the writer and urban commentator Jane Jacobs. Best known in the United States for her path-breaking efforts in preserving the character of Greenwich Village, Jacobs is the author of the classic 1961 book, "The Death and Life of Great American Cities". This book, which launched her career, is arguably one of the most influential works ever published in urban studies. Architectural critic Herbert Muschamp wrote in the "New York Times" that its publication "was one of twentieth-century architecture's most traumatic events. Its impact is still felt in cities across the land." In this analysis of Jane Jacobs's ideas and work, Alice Sparberg Alexiou tells the remarkable story of a woman who without any formal training in planning became a prominent and effective spokesperson for sensible urban change. Besides writing the seminal book about contemporary cities, Jacobs organized successful community battles in New York against powerful interests. She resisted urban renewal in the West Village in the 1960s, helped defeat the Lower Manhattan Expressway, advocated the pleasures of street life that she called "sidewalk ballet," and opposed the original Twin Towers plans. She was also active in the anti-Vietnam War movement, which eventually led her to move to Canada. There she continued both her writing and her grass-roots activism, including helping to prevent the construction of an expressway that would have cut through several neighborhoods in Toronto. Based on a rich array of interviews and primary source material, this book brings long-overdue attention to Jacobs's far-reaching influence as an original and prescient thinker. According to Jane Jacobs, "there is almost nothing you can think of that cities don't provide some insight into." In page after page, we discover that there is also much about cities today that we owe to the insights and work of Jane Jacobs.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780813537924
ISBN-10: 0813537924
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 152mm x 22mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: Rutgers University Press
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publish Date: 15-Jul-2006
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Alice Sparberg Alexiou

Alice Sparberg Alexiou is a journalist and an editor at Lilith magazine. She is a graduate of Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and has a Ph.D. in classics from Fordham University. She lives in Bellmore, New York.

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