Urban Altruism

A blog growing out of the seminar "Seeking the Welfare of the City" (PHIL 390) at Calvin College, directed by James K.A. Smith. For more info visit http://www.calvin.edu/~jks4/city

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Urban Visionary Jane Jacobs Dies

Jane Jacobs, author of the groundbreaking book The Death and Life of Great American Cities, died yesterday at the age of 89. NPR's All Things Considered had a wonderful little piece on Jacobs' fight with Robert Moses regarding the decimation of NYC by interstates. It also praises Jacobs as an astute observer of human urban behavior rather than an idealistic theorist prescribing how people "ought" to inhabit space. Worth a listen.


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