Recently there has been some particular insight that has been given into the aspect of Jane Jacobs being an author and activist in particular whose fame and influence was derived from a book. In more particular detail to this aspect in general is the Jacobs was not an urban planner or an architect and she did not even have a college degree in general.
- When it was published, Jacobs, who was born and raised in Scranton, Pennsylvania, had been living in New York City for nearly three decades.
- Jacobs’s prescription for vital cities—mixed-use buildings, population density, short blocks—has triumphed so completely that it’s difficult to appreciate how disruptive her thinking was to the status quo.
- The biggest drama of her life involved the formation and expression of her visionary ideas.
“She helped kill a proposal to narrow the sidewalks on her block in order to widen the street for cars and a plan to allow traffic into Washington Square Park, her children’s local playground.”