The death and life of great american cities is a 1961 book by writer and activist jane jacobs the book is a critique of 1950s urban planning policy which it holds responsible for the decline of many city neighborhoods in the united states. Contributors from a wide range of fields address the role and life of cities as diverse as baku buenos aires cairo detroit jakarta johannesburg mumbai paris quito st petersburg tel aviv tirana and toronto portfolios of contemporary photography present the layered realities of urban life today. Life is full of activities in a big city a big city is a centre of all types of education it is a centre of trade medical facilities business and recreation. Responding to this question is the inspiration for in the life of cities contributors from a wide range of fields address the inseparability of urban life and urban form portfolios of contemporary photography assert the layered realities of urban life today. The death and life of great american cities is a no nonsense guide on how to make cities lively vibrant humane places to live and work if you are involved in government architecture or design read this jane jacobs provides a candid framework for understanding what makes cities work and why
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