'The death and life of great American cities'

Jane Jacobs was a writer and activist who published seven books throughout her lifetime and many more articles on urban planning in different magazines. In her most famous book, she presents new principles of city building and rebuilding. The focus is on great cities rather than on towns or suburbs. Furthermore, conventional urban is blamed for not having taken into consideration community's needs and natural ecosystems. From the writer's point of view, diversity is the key principle and it can be reached by making sure of the following elements:

  • mixing uses and functions within the neighborhoods as well as older buildings with newer ones
  • short blocks
  • denser neighborhoods

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