PÓS-MODERNO: Jane Jacobs - "Her 1961 treatise, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, became perhaps the most influential American text about the inner workings and failings of cities, inspiring generations of urban planners and activists."
Jane Jacobs: 1916-2006; Jane Jacobs was an American journalist, author, and activist best known for her influence on urban studies. Her influential book The Death and Life of Great American Cities argued that urban renewal did not respect the needs of most city-dwellers. Jacobs is well known for her opposition to plans to overhaul Greenwich Village. She was instrumental in the cancellation of the Lower Manhattan Expressway, and was arrested for inciting a crowd at a hearing on the project.
When city planning supremo Robert Moses proposed a road through Greenwich Village in he met opposition from one particularly feisty local resident: Jane Jacobs. It was the start of a decades-long struggle for swaths of New York
Wrestling with Moses: How Jane Jacobs Took on New York’s Master Builder and Transformed the American City - Robert A Caro’s tome The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York is a thick, unwieldy book at 1344 pages. It sits on my shelf with yellowed pages. I bought it shortly after I moved to New York City 30 years ago. I enjoy history and learned after I moved here that Robert Moses was an important piece of the NYC history puzzle. The book upon first reading was lost to me...