Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Jane Jacobs: 1916-2006

Urban thinker and one of the major scholars we studied in our course Jane Jacobs has died today at the age of 89.

Born in Scranton, PA, in 1916, Jacobs notable works on urban planning include The Death and Life of Great American Cities and most recently Dark Age Ahead. She has called Toronto her home since the 1960s, and spearheaded the movement to stop the building of the Spadina Expressway in York neighbourhoods. She also saw the development of the St. Lawrence neighbourhood, an inner-city development for people of all classes.

From CBC News online: "Her powerful critiques about the urban renewal policies of North American cities have influenced thinking about urban planning for a generation."

Said Toronto Mayor David Miller in a statement: "Jane Jacobs will be remembered as one of the great urban thinkers of our time. Her contributions and insights have forever changed the way North American cities are developed." (CTV News)

A site on the life and times of Jane Jacobs presented by the University of Virginia can be accessed here.


Blogger Barker said...

A sad day for urban studies.

4/27/2006 5:02 PM  

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