The Living City

McClay, Wilfred M.
December 2011
First Things: A Monthly Journal of Religion & Public Life;Dec2011, Issue 218, p19
The author comments on the 1961 book "The Death and Life of Great American Cities," by Jane Jacobs, that remains influential as of 2011. He talks about the urban ballet she had described in this work. He says she based her book on her own Greenwich Village street in New York. Also stressed is the need for her insights into the significance of freedom and choice in the making of decent human habitations not to be restrained by configurations of narrow streets, short blocks and high density.


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