The Death and Life of Great American Cities

Description

A direct and fundamentally optimistic indictment of the short-sightedness and intellectual arrogance that has characterized much of urban planning in this century, The Death and Life of Great American Cities has, since its first publication in 1961, become the standard against which all endeavors in that field are measured. In prose of outstanding immediacy, Jane Jacobs writes about what makes streets safe or unsafe; about what constitutes a neighborhood, and what function it serves within the larger organism of the city; about why some neighborhoods remain impoverished while others regenerate themselves. She writes about the salutary role of funeral parlors and tenement windows, the dangers of too much development money and too little diversity. Compassionate, bracingly indignant, and always keenly detailed, Jane Jacobs's monumental work provides an essential framework for assessing the vitality of all cities.

Details

Author(s)
Jane Jacobs
Format
Paperback | 458 pages
Dimensions
133 x 203 x 30.99mm | 386g
Publication date
13 May 1993
Publisher
Random House USA Inc
Imprint
Vintage Books
Publication City/Country
New York, United States
Language
English
Edition Statement
Vintage Books ed.
ISBN10
067974195X
ISBN13
9780679741954
Bestsellers rank
12,933