The Death and Life of Great American Cities (1961)

July 7, 2017


Traces of urban writer/activist Jane Jacob’s thinking and this influential book can be found in today’s understanding of creative placemaking.

The Death and Life of Great American Cities (1961)
By Jane Jacobs

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 and Life 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 or unsafe; about what constitutes a neighborhood, and what function it serves within the larger organism of the city; about why some neighborhoods remain impoverished while others regenerate themselves. She writes about the salutary role of funeral parlors and tenement windows, the dangers of too much development money and too little diversity. 

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Seminal resources related to the general field of Creative Placemaking. These texts and tools feature strategies and arguments that are applicable across types of projects and communities. 

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