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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (4,051 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jane Jacobs, Jane Jacobs Narrator: Donna Rawlins Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Published to coincide with the 50th anniversary of its initial publication, this special edition of Jane Jacobs’s masterpiece, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, features a new Introduction by Jason Epstein, the book’s original editor, who provides an intimate perspective on Jacobs herself and unique insights into the creation and lasting influence of this classic. 

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, Jane Jacobs’s tour de force is a blueprint for the humanistic management of cities. It remains sensible, knowledgeable, readable, and indispensable.

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  • The most refreshing, provacative, stimulating and exciting study of this [great problem] which I have seen. It fairly crackles with bright honesty and common sense. Harrison Salisbury, The New York Times"One of the most remarkable books ever written about the city... a primary work. The research apparatus is not pretentious—it is the eye and the heart—but it has given us a magnificent study of what gives life and spirit to the city.

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by kathryn | 2/8/2014

    " Still working on it. Currently not so stoked on her generalist negative view of parks, but understand the dilemma! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Nathan Schneider | 2/7/2014

    " It brought New York city to life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by antonia vitale | 2/3/2014

    " this is an amazing book. it is especially great is you either live in NY or have an interest in NY. written 40 years ago, Jane Jacobs' thoughts are still just as applicable today as they were when she published them. it is at times a heavy read, but very informative and worth the effort. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by S | 2/3/2014

    " outside intellectual + citizen activist + urban planning + influence = must read. May be a bit dated, but she has insights that I guarantee you, some of which, you have never thought of (like the importance of trucks for cities.) "

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