r.i.p. jane jacobs

Jane Jacobs, author of “The Death and Life of Great American Cities” (1961) and patron saint to urban planners the world over, died today, at the age of 89. She will be missed. (And, isn’t she cute?)

(note: That third link will take you to an interview Jacobs did with our new friend Jim “Fuck You – We Shall Ride Again” Kunstler a few years ago.)

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  1. Ted Glass
    Posted April 26, 2006 at 9:14 am | Permalink

    Cute? Yes. But she reminds me in a way of Jad Fair.

    http://muledesign.com/images/ourwork_fr_demojad.jpg

  2. be OH be
    Posted April 26, 2006 at 10:22 am | Permalink

    funny, I thought she kinda resembled Jar Jar Binks

  3. Tony Buttons Esq.
    Posted April 26, 2006 at 11:10 am | Permalink

    From the Toronto Sun:

    Her first book, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, published in 1961, became a bible for neighbourhood organizers and what she termed the

  4. mark
    Posted April 26, 2006 at 8:54 pm | Permalink

    And when I said that Jane Jacobs was cute, I meant it. I wasn’t trying to be funny. I really do think that she looks like a lovely, kind person…

  5. briansp
    Posted April 26, 2006 at 11:24 pm | Permalink

    “The Nature of Economies” is a brilliant and beautiful little book.

  6. DM
    Posted April 26, 2006 at 11:54 pm | Permalink

    Her last (?) book ” Dark Age Ahead” was good. She laid out a similar cause/ effect downfall of America based on history, not unlike ( it sounds ) Mr. Kunstler.

    She is cute, in the sense that her eyes are like soft tractor beams ready at a moments notice to gently body slam you.

    It’s a shame that the tough ones always have something in their past that keeps a fire lit under their ass. It gave her the strength to take on Robert Moses though.

  7. murph
    Posted April 27, 2006 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

    I recommend “The Economy of Cities” and “Cities and the Wealth of Nations”; they manage to be both fast reads and the best alt-economics texts that my friends in relevent phd fields can recommend.

    You’ll come away wondering just how she predicted the current state of the Michigan economy in 1970, and convinced that Michigan will have to secede and set up its own economy with its own currency before things will get better. (See also her book “Quebec: The Case for Separatism” or some such.)

  8. chris
    Posted April 29, 2006 at 9:00 pm | Permalink

    She was hugely impressive, and will be sorey missed in this day and age of vampire like gentrification.

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