A Book Anniversary

A periodical available online has just commemorated the fiftieth anniversary of the release of The Death and Life of Great American Cities by Jane Jacobs with an article and a symposium.

Much of what is advocated in modern urban planning that is included in terms or concepts such as mixed use, walkability, a preference for high-density housing, diversity of various kinds, etc., is often claimed to have origins in Jacobs’ book. Her views seemed to have arisen at least in part from her experience in living in Greenwich Village in New York. Some critics maintain that not everyone wants to live in a Greenwich Village environment and that many prefer a suburban lifestyle based upon single-family homes with back yards.

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