Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Life Goes On

Yesterday morning, Jane Jacobs died in Toronto, a city that most exemplified her beliefs. She viewed cities as a living organism with its inherent ecosystem where every part effects the others. An activist to the end, last week Jacobs sent a letter of support to Vancouver residents in their fight against development through an environmentally sensitive area.

An interview by Jim Kunstler for
Metropolis Magazine in 2001, is interesting because Jacobs discusses her first visit to New York as a child. In an interview by Bill Steigerwald for Reason Magazine,June 2001, the topics are gentrification, the New Urbanism, and her legacy.

Her writings can be found on the
web or in her books:
Dark Age Ahead
The Nature of Economies
Systems of Survival: A Dialogue on the Moral Foundations of Commerce and Politics
Cities and the Wealth of Nations
A Question of Separatism: Quebec and the Struggle over Sovereignty
The Economy of Cities
The Death and Life of Great American Cities
Ideas That Matter: The Worlds of Jane Jacobs edited by Max Allen
A Schoolteacher in Old Alaska: The Story of Hannah Breece edited by Jane Jacobs

Knowledge is power; Jane Jacobs' books can be found for sale at your local independent bookstore or by searching by title and/or author at
Bookfinder or ADDALL

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