WellUrban

Personal reflections on urbanism, urban life and sustainable urban design in Wellington, New Zealand.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Death of an urbanist

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I wouldn't usually post an obituary here, but I'll make an exception for Jane Jacobs, who died yesterday at the age of 89. She was an activist and a flaneur; she was passionate about cities and a fierce advocate of urban values such as density and diversity. I've always seen her as an inspiration, and it's no exaggeration to say that her book The Death and Life of Great American Cities changed my life. St Louis' Urban Review has excerpts from the press obituaries and sums them up by saying "The world has just lost the greatest urbanist of our lifetime".

1 Comments:

At 2:09 PM, April 28, 2006, Anonymous Hamish MacEwan said...

Nathan Torkington on the same subject:

http://radar.oreilly.com/archives/2006/04/jane_jacobs_and_missed_opportu.html

 

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