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The Death and Life of Great American Cities
by Jane Jacobs
ISBN 067974195X / 9780679741954 / 0-679-74195-X
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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 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 of unsafe; about what constitutes a neighborhood, and function it serves within the larger organism of the city; about why some neighborhoods remain impoverished while others regenerate themselves... [via]