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The Death and Life of Great American Cities Read & download ´ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Á [Reading] ➶ The Death and Life of Great American Cities By Jane Jacobs – A direct and fundamentally optimistic indictment of the short sightedness and intellectual arrogaAth Epubsalutary role of funeral parlors and tenement windows the dangers of too much development Death and Life of Great MOBI #8608 money and too little diversity Compassionate bracingly indignant and always keenly detailed Jane Jacobs's monumental work provides an essential framework for assessing the vitality of all citi. This is one of the most important books about cities ever written It's what helps you understand why cities work why they don't work what makes a neighborhood what destroys neighborhoods and how almost everything city planners and governments think matters doesn't Seth Roberts is probably the biggest Jane Jacobs fan there is He's what she calls an insider outsider insider in terms of understanding outsider in terms of career She was an activist and a student who understood the system but wasn't wedded to it or dependent on it for a living It was this uniue position that gave her the freedom and the perspective to explain the concept of American cities and what's killing them in a way that no one had ever done before I also think that a lot of Jacobs' ideas about diversity mixed uses isolation wealth and government can be applied to other parts of our lives The way she gets to the core of neighborhood passing up the easy or obvious signs that others are mistakenly distracted with is impressive There is a great Malcolm Gladwell article where he tries to use some of her ideas to dissect office culture it's a good start and example about other canvases for her ideas

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Ld 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 The De. I know some people who will balk at my 3 star rating so I will explain myself As a body of work it is amazing and I adore Jane Jacobs However a good portion of this book still manages to be dull despite being very important I can't help it I dig nonfiction and I think 3 stars for a non fiction book means it's pretty darn good because who ever finished a cruddy non fiction book unless they were taking a class So I read it voluntarily and give it 3 stars on the highly sensitive and mysterious non fiction rating system

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The Death and Life of Great American CitiesA direct and Life PDFEPUB #10003 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 become the standard against which all endeavors in that fie. My favorite uotes from my re read of this book last week with city eye candyOn TRUST The trust of a city street is formed over time from many many little public sidewalk contacts Most of it is ostensibly trivial but the sum is not trivial at all p 56On PRIVACY A good city street neighborhood achieves a marvel of balance between its people's determination to have essential privacy and their simultaneous wishes for differing degrees of contact enjoyment or help from the people around p59On the need for CASUAL CONTACTS and PUBLIC SPACE Under a well compartmentalized local system it is possible in a city street neighborhood to know all kinds of people without unwelcome entanglements without boredom necessity for excuses explanations fears of giving offense embarrassments respecting impositions or commitments and all such paraphernalia of obligations which can accompany less limited relationships It is possible to be on excellent sidewalk terms with people who are very different from oneself p 62Here it is necessary to take issue with a common belief about cities—the belief that uses of low status drive out uses of high status This is not how cities behave People or uses with money at their command or greater respectability can fairly easily supplant those less prosperous or those of less status The reverse seldom happens p 97On ENGINEERING SOCIAL TURNAROUND It is fashionable to suppose that certain touchstones of the good life will create good neighborhoods—schools parks clean housing and the like How easy life would be if this were so How charming to control a complicated and ornery society by bestowing upon it rather simple physical goodies In real life cause and effect are not so simple p 112On CROWDS and MORALITY People gathered in concentrations of big city size and density can be felt to be an automatic—if necessary—evil This is a common assumption that human beings are charming in small numbers and noxious in large numbers On the other hand people gathered in concentrations of city size and density are desirable because they are the source of immense vitality a great and exuberant richness of differences and possibilities many of these differences uniue and unpredictable and all the valuable because they are p220On the BEAUTY of CHAOS Intricate minglings of different uses in cities are not a form of chaos On the contrary they represent a complex and highly developed form of order p 222On the UGLINESS of ORDER Homogeneity poses very puzzling esthetic problems If the sameness of use is shown candidly for what it is—sameness—it looks monotonous Superficially this monotony might be thought of as a sort of order however dull But esthetically it unfortunately also carries with it a deep disorder the disorder of conveying no direction In such places you move but in moving you seem to have gotten nowhere North is the same as south or east as west It takes differences—many differences—cropping up in different directions to keep us oriented p 223On DESIGNING FOR HUMANS Genuine differences in the city architectural scene express Jacobs uoting Eugene Raskin 'the interweaving of human patterns They are full of people doing different things with different reasons and different ends in view and the architecture reflects and expresses this difference Being human human beings are what interest us most In architecture as in literature and the drama it is the richness of human variation that gives vitality and color to the human setting Considering the hazard of monotony the most serious fault in our zoning laws lies in the fact that they permit an entire area to be devoted to a single use' p 229Jacobs uoting Paul J Tillich 'Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody only because and only when they are created by everybody' p 238Why LASTING SUCCESS IN CITIES IS HARD A diversified mixture of uses at some place in the city becomes outstandingly popular and successful as a whole Because of the location's success which is invariably based on flourishing and magnetic diversity ardent competition for space in this locality develops It is taken up in what amounts to the economic euivalent of a fad p 243Slum clearance and project style urban renewal fails because it tries to overcome causes of trouble by diddling with symptoms Conventional planning approaches to slums and slum dwellers are thoroughly paternalistic The trouble with paternalists is that they want to make impossibly profound changes and they choose impossibly superficial means for doing so p 271On ASSIMILATING NEWCOMERS People are accomodated and assimilated not in undigestible floods but as gradual additions in neighborhoods capable of accepting and handling strangers in a civilized fashion They uickly assimilate into the public street life and are lively and competent at holding up their end These very same people could hardly act as they do within the community nor would they be likely to stay put as long were they part of a tumultuous replacement throng p 283When we deal with cities we are dealing with life at its most complex and intense Because this is so there is a basic esthetic limitation on what can be done with cities a city cannot be a work of art p 372