The Death and Life of Great American Cities: 50th Anniversary Edition

Written by:
Jane Jacobs
Narrated by:
Donna Rawlins

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
September 2011
18 hours 0 minutes
Thirty years after its publication, The Death and Life of Great American Cities was described by The New York Times as "perhaps the most influential single work in the history of town planning....[It] can also be seen in a much larger context.  It is first of all a work of literature; the descriptions of street life as a kind of ballet and the bitingly satiric account of traditional planning theory can still be read for pleasure even by those who long ago absorbed and appropriated the book's arguments."  Jane Jacobs, an editor and writer on architecture in New York City in the early sixties, argued that urban diversity and vitality were being destroyed by powerful architects and city planners.  Rigorous, sane, and delightfully epigrammatic, Jacobs's small masterpiece is a blueprint for the humanistic management of cities.  It is sensible, knowledgeable, readable, indispensable.  The author has written a new foreword for this Modern Library edition.
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Adam K.

Over 60 years old but it still captures what is needed to make a city vibrant. Jane also does it in an easy to understand way full of fine detail, beautiful

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