Jane Jacobs Dies at 89, Toronto Tue April, 26 2006
- In memory of Jane Jacobs, one of the first car-free authors.
Jane Jacobs, the author of the influential book "The Death and Life of
Great American Cities" has died at the age of 89.
In her best known book, published in 1961, Jacobs criticized
redevelopment efforts in many large cities, known at the time as "urban
renewal." She led protests against urban highway projects that would
have razed established but run down neighborhoods. Instead, she proposed
development work to keep diverse neighborhoods connected, and policies
to emphasize pedestrian traffic in cities over automobiles.
Jacobs' initial impact on urban America was controversial, but her book
soon became required reading for students of architecture and city planning.
Born in the northeastern U.S. state of Pennsylvania in 1916, Jacobs
moved to New York City in the 1930s, where she began writing about the
city's many and varied industrial districts.
She and her family moved to Toronto in 1968 due to opposition to the
Vietnam War. She died in Toronto on Tuesday.