Tuesday, April 25, 2006

R.I.P., Jane Jacobs

Jane Jacobs, possibly the world's best writer about urban planning, has died at the age of 89.

Update: The Toronto Star has a very nice, longer obituary that gets into some of the details of her work.

3 Comments:

At Tuesday, April 25, 2006 at 4:40:00 PM PDT, Anonymous Mike said...

So sad. We could use a lot more like her.

 
At Thursday, April 27, 2006 at 7:04:00 AM PDT, Blogger xradiographer said...

This is odd -- I just discovered that she's a Scranton native.

 
At Thursday, April 27, 2006 at 9:19:00 AM PDT, Blogger Adam Villani said...

Yeah, I think what I like about her is that her theories are based on a reality that fully acknowledges human nature rather than some idealized and/or simplified vision of the world. A lot of people fool themselves into thinking their policies are "rational" when all they've really done is stripped away the messy, organic features, whether it's a building, a neighborhood, or an economy.

 

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