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  The Metropolis Observed: Jane Jacobs at 81
The Vietnam War was in full roar when Jane Jacobs quit the United States for the political calm of Canada, along with her husband, architect Robert Jacobs, and their three children, Ned, Jimmy, and Mary.
Though Jacobs is now a Canadian citizen, the narrative in her mind is strongly American, a perspective earned by testing the civil rights and liberties of her native country.
Jacobs' denunciation of the planning pooh-bahs of the day was swift and brutal and took no prisoners; one target was Sir Patrick Geddes, for his endorsement of Ebenezer Howard's idea of the Garden City.
www.metropolismag.com /html/content_0498/ap98jane.htm   (1283 words)

  Jane Jacobs
By Jane Jacobs, the writer and thinker who brought penetrating eyes and ingenious insight to the sidewalk ballet of her own Greenwich Village street and came up with a book that challenged and changed the way people view cities, died yesterday in Toronto, where she moved in 1968.
Jacobs was born Jane Butzner on May 4, 1916, in Scranton, Pa. Her father was a physician and her mother a schoolteacher.
Jacobs is survived by her sons, James, of Toronto, and Ned, of Vancouver; her daughter, Burgin Jacobs, of New Denver, British Columbia, and one granddaughter.
members.tripod.com /councilalbanyna/jane_jacobs.htm   (2629 words)

 Jane Jacobs - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jane Butzner was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania,the daughter of a doctor and a former school teacher and nurse.
Jacobs was an advocate of a Province of Toronto to separate the city proper from Ontario.
Jane Jacobs goes on to describe what happens when these two moral syndromes are mixed, showing the work underpinnings of the Mafia and communism, and what happens when New York Subway Police are paid bonuses here — reinterpreted slightly as a part of the larger analysis.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Jane_Jacobs   (2808 words)

 'Cities' author Jane Jacobs dies at 89 - Boston.com
Jane Jacobs, an author and community activist of singular influence whose classic "The Death and Life of Great American Cities" transformed ideas about urban planning, died Tuesday, her publisher said.
Jacobs, a longtime resident of Toronto, was 89.
Jacobs, who based her findings on deep, eclectic reading and firsthand observation, challenged assumptions she believed damaged modern cities -- that neighborhoods should be isolated from each other, that an empty street was safer than a crowded one, that the car represented progress over the pedestrian.
www.boston.com /ae/celebrity/articles/2006/04/25/cities_author_jane_jacobs_dies_at_89   (889 words)

 Jane Jacobs | Project for Public Spaces (PPS)
Jane Jacobs (1916-2006) was an urban writer and activist who championed new, community-based approaches to planning for over 40 years.
Jacobs' Protest Results in Riot Charge: Jane Jacobs, a nationally known writer on urban problems, was arraigned in Criminal Court yesterday and charged with second-degree riot, inciting to riot and criminal mischief.
Jacobs was born in 1916 in the coal mining town of Scranton, Pennsylvania, the daughter of a doctor and a former school teacher and nurse.
www.pps.org /info/placemakingtools/placemakers/jjacobs   (2049 words)

 USATODAY.com - Author Jane Jacobs dies at 89   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Jacobs, a longtime resident of Toronto, was 89.
Born in 1916, Jacobs was a doctor's daughter with a compulsion to question authority, an unfortunate quality if she happened to be one of your students — even more unfortunate if you were trying to tell her something about cities.
But Jacobs' book was widely praised and in her subsequent works, she examined the ideas outlined in Death and Life from a variety of perspectives: Cities and the Wealth of Nations focused on the economy; Systems of Survival on morals; The Nature of Economies on science and ecology.
www.usatoday.com /life/people/2006-04-25-jacobs-obit_x.htm   (977 words)

 FT.com / World / US & Canada - Jane Jacobs: Leading voice of the city   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Jane Jacobs, a giant among urban critics and enthusiasts who died on Tuesday aged 89, spent her entire career fighting for one deceptively simple principle: leave the cities alone and let them develop by themselves.
Jacobs also scolded an emerging urban trend: governments corralling the poor into brightly-lit, cheap high-rise housing; the old buildings in poor neighbourhoods should not be torn down, she said.
Jacobs would stay there permanently; by the time of her death, she was one of Toronto's most celebrated immigrants.
www.ft.com /cms/s/225787b2-d491-11da-a357-0000779e2340.html   (753 words)

 Jane Jacobs   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Jane Jacobs was born on May 4, 1916, in Scranton, Pennsylvania.* Her father was a physician and her mother taught school and worked as a nurse.
Jacobs captures the life of traditional cities, much as an anthropologist records the characteristics of a culture on the verge of extinction, for understanding by later generations.
Jacobs house in an attempt to sound her out concerning her views on the kind of on-the-street approach that ECFD is taking, warts and all.
www.ecoplan.org /carfreeday/EarthCFD/partners/writer-jacobs.htm   (3506 words)

 Jane Jacobs Jars Our Memories :: thetyee.ca
Jane Jacobs should be required reading by all politicians on pain of having their remunerations halved.
jane jacobs is now touting a book that will get bought,that is her agenda.So you say who cares,apathy is born as a tool to in fact use against allowing input,deflecting input say.
Jane Jacobs has been offering hope to city dwellers for several decades and while acedemics, professionals and even the general public can see her wisdom, politicians and developers are still hobbled by a growth at any cost, is better than no growth mentality.
thetyee.ca /Views/2005/01/05/JaneJacobsJars   (7279 words)

 Jane Jacobs: The Obiruary/NYT [Candide's Notebooks]
Jane Jacobs, the writer and thinker who brought penetrating eyes and ingenious insight to the sidewalk ballet of her own Greenwich Village street and came up with a book that challenged and changed the way people view cities, died yesterday in Toronto, where she moved in 1968.
Jacobs was born Jane Butzner on May 4, 1916, in Scranton, Pa. Her father was a physician and her mother a schoolteacher.
Jacobs is survived by her sons, James, of Toronto, and Ned, of Vancouver; her daughter, Burgin Jacobs, of New Denver, British Columbia, and one granddaughter.
www.pierretristam.com /Bobst/library/wf-170.htm   (2618 words)

Jacobs arrives at this conclusion by considering the stagflation of the 1970s-- simultaneous high unemployment and high inflation, something that was not supposed to be possible under either left-wing (Keynesian) or right-wing (monetarist) economics.
Jacobs tells how one declining city was revitalized by one capitalist who was smart enough to realize this: Ralph Flanders, who decided that the problem with Boston was that it was putting all its capital into unproductive bonds, other cities, or old dead enterprises.
Jacobs resists summary-- she doesn't put fluff in her books, and her ideas are unorthodox enough that it may take the whole book to answer all the buts.
zompist.com /jacobs.html   (4567 words)

 Jane Jacobs' Radical Legacy
Jacobs was a thinker and a doer who had a profound influence on two distinct, but overlapping, groups: city planners and community organizers.
During Jacobs’ years in Canada, municipal and provincial governments were often controlled by the Liberal Party and the progressive New Democratic Party – both to the left of the liberal wing of the Democratic Party in the U.S. The two Canadian parties had close ties to labor unions, environmentalists, women’s rights advocates and community activists.
Jacobs was a true “public intellectual,” who put her ideas into practice.
www.nhi.org /online/issues/146/janejacobslegacy.html   (1791 words)

 CNN.com - Books - Jane Jacobs still helping to shape cities - November 23, 2000
With her bangs and owlish glasses, and her look of cheerful curiosity, it is easy to mistake Jacobs for an idle eccentric, the type of woman to be found late at night in the research room of the public library.
Jacobs lived for many years in Manhattan before she and her husband, architect Robert Jacobs, Jr., left for Canada in the late '60s, unhappy that their taxes were supporting the Vietnam War.
Jacobs' home is a medium-sized brick "Queen Anne" on an intimate, residential block, where the houses are close together and close to the street.
archives.cnn.com /2000/books/news/11/23/jane.jacobs.ap   (2013 words)

 Remembering Jane Jacobs | Planetizen
Jacobs, never formally educated or professionally trained in urban planning, came to be the field's most famous critic and commentator, through her writings and grassroots activism.
Jacobs convincingly asserts that a significant part of any culture is transmitted from generation to generation by word of mouth and setting an example for others.
Jacobs describes how the five pillars of society -- community and family, higher education, science and technology, governmental representation, and self-regulation of the learned professions -- are showing signs of decay.
www.planetizen.com /node/19491   (977 words)

 Friends for Our Riverfront: Remembering Jane Jacobs
Anyone who ever met Jane Jacobs or read her books couldn't help but be infected by her enthusiasm.
We are greatly saddened by Jane Jacobs' death yesterday, but confident that her infectious love for cities will be carried on by many followers far into the future.
Jane Jacobs was an urban writer and activist who championed new, community-based approaches to planning for over 40 years.
www.friendsforourriverfront.org /2006/06/remembering-jane-jacobs.html   (2266 words)

 Jane Jacobs, urban planning pioneer, is dead at 89
Jane Jacobs, a writer whose ideas transformed the principles of urban planning 45 years ago and a Village resident who led the fight to save an imperiled neighborhood until she moved with her family to Canada in 1968, died Tues.
Jane, her husband, Robert Hyde Jacobs, and their two sons and their daughter moved to Toronto in 1968 to prevent the two boys from being drafted for service in Vietnam.
Jacobs was a frequent visitor to New York City and the Village.
www.downtownexpress.com /de_155/janejacobs.html   (1149 words)

 Edge Perspectives with John Hagel: Jane Jacobs and Cities
Jane Jacobs, one of the last great public intellectuals, passed away earlier this week at the age of 89.
Jacobs was an extraordinarily insightful writer who anticipated many of the themes that have become foundations for contemporary social analysis – complex adaptive systems, emergence, social capital and social networks, just to name a few.
Jane Jacobs never graduated from college, but she has had a profound impact on intellectual inquiry in many domains.
edgeperspectives.typepad.com /edge_perspectives/2006/04/jane_jacobs_and.html   (1145 words)

Jacobs has nourished my career as a historian by means of her subsequent urban explorations.
Jane Jacobs is not interested in drawing boundaries and defining municipal units of government.
She prizes them because in such a setting it is possible for the residents to become “the primary developers and primary expanders of economic [*PG613]life.”18 In her city region analysis, she alters the conventional measures of economic growth from the usual summing of goods and services.
www.bc.edu /schools/law/lawreviews/meta-elements/journals/bcealr/28_4/07_TXT.htm   (1822 words)

 The University of Chicago Law School Faculty Blog: Jane Jacobs
Among other things, Jacobs' book helps to illuminate the public forum doctrine in first amendment law, which says that parks and streets must be left open for expressive activity: Parks and streets provide unanticipated, unchosen encounters at the same time that they offer common experiences for heterogeneous people.
Jacobs' work on cities deserves special attention in a period in which "personalization" and "customization" are so widely approved.
Jacobs' work is itself like a great city, teeming with life and ideas -- even a kind of joy -- and its applications go well beyond her particular subject matter.
uchicagolaw.typepad.com /faculty/2006/04/jane_jacobs.html   (485 words)

 Reason Magazine - City Views   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Urban studies legend Jane Jacobs on gentrification, the New Urbanism, and her legacy.
Jacobs: Well, they have their way with the powers of eminent domain, government powers that were intended for things like schools and roads and public things, and are used instead for the benefit of private organizations and individuals.
Jacobs: That's right, and it is linked with new development, because the new kinds of things that are being contrived are able to feed off of each other.
www.reason.com /news/show/28053.html   (4897 words)

 Learning Centre - Learning Community - Online Workshops - Jane Jacobs
Jane Jacobs was interviewed onstage by the KW Record’s Terry Pender about her book, Dark Age Ahead, and Tamarack was delighted to be able to capture this event on tape.
The decay of these pillars, Jacobs contends, is behind such ills as environmental crisis, racism and the growing gulf between rich and poor; their continued degradation could lead us into a new Dark Age, a period of cultural collapse in which all that keeps a society alive and vibrant is forgotten.
Jacobs draws on her vast frame of reference -- from fifteenth-century Chinese shipbuilding to zoning regulations in Brampton, Ontario -- and in highly readable, invigorating prose offers proposals that could arrest the cycles of decay and turn them into beneficent ones.
www.tamarackcommunity.ca /g3s43c.html   (794 words)

 Jane Jacobs, 1916–2006 by Howard Husock
Jacobs did not hesitate to link such planning, with its obvious elements of regimentation, to the totalitarian impulse, to the “repression of all plans but the planners’.” Urban renewal destroyed a human ecosystem of myriad interdependencies and surprising accidental improvements that were the result of individual initiative, not economic development offices.
Again and again Jacobs warned against government policies that were insensitive to this process of economic generation and regeneration—an insensitivity which she clearly believed could be just as fatal to whole cities, and ultimately to national economics, as urban renewal was to specific neighborhoods.
According to Jacobs, government could facilitate commerce—the ultimate purpose of cities—but had to resist two major temptations: the first, to redistribute income in too great a degree, and the second, to allow itself to be captured by mature industries whose interests diverged from those of the new generation of economic innovators.
www.city-journal.org /html/eon2006-04-27hh.html   (2589 words)

 Torontoist: Jane Jacobs   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Jane Jacobs may have been born in America, but she divorced herself from the USA in the 60s, much like Hurricane Carter who went on to found the Association for the Defense of the Wrongly Convicted.
i am not sure if you are aware, but jane jacobs was canadian, she moved here in 1968 and became a candian citizen.
However it sounds to me as if Jacobs was doing more than that; it sounds to me as if she had jumped right into the heart of the debate.
www.torontoist.com /archives/2006/04/jane_jacobs.php   (1546 words)

 Remembering Jane Jacobs - "On This Day" - CBC Archives
With her astute observations about the way we live, Jane Jacobs dynamically changed the urban landscape.
In this CBC Television clip from 1969, Jacobs, a new immigrant to Canada, discusses Toronto's quirks and Montreal's creativity.
Jacobs was most famous for her influential book The Death and Life of Great American Cities, published in 1961.
archives.cbc.ca /IDC-1-69-1243-6895-11/on_this_day/life_society/jane_jacobs   (391 words)

 Jane Jacobs and New York (Gotham Gazette. May, 2006)
Jacobs didn’t just wake up one morning in 1961 and write her classic book, The Death and Life of Great American Cities — today, required reading for architects, urban planners and everyone who study cities.
Jane Jacobs’ remarkable catalog of urban treasures has inspired generations of urban professionals searching for alternatives to the modernistic bombast and monumentalism that created sterile downtowns, isolated public housing, and sprawled suburban enclaves.
As happens with many great thinkers, Jane Jacobs is cited by real estate developers and planners who interpret her work in ways she might well question.
www.gothamgazette.com /article/landuse/20060502/12/1837   (1504 words)

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