Jane Jacobs

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Jane Jacobs
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Jane Jacobs as chairperson of a Greenwich Village civic group at a 1961 press conference.
Born Jane Butzner
(1916-05-04)May 4, 1916
Scranton, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died April 25, 2006(2006-04-25) (aged 89)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Cause of death Stroke
Education Graduated from Scranton High School; two years undergraduate studies at Columbia University
Occupation Journalist, author, urban theorist
Employer Amerika, Architectural Forum
Organization Joint Committee to Stop the Lower Manhattan Expressway, Stop Spadina Save Our City Coordinating Committee
Notable work The Death and Life of Great American Cities
Home town Greenwich Village, New York City
The Annex, Toronto
Spouse(s) Robert Jacobs
Awards OC, O.Ont, Vincent Scully Prize, National Building Museum

Jane Jacobs (May 4, 1916 – April 25, 2006) was a Canadian and American journalist, author and activist. She had an influence on urban studies. Her book The Death and Life of Great American Cities said that urban renewal did not respect the needs of most city people.

Jacobs was well known for making grassroots efforts to protect existing neighborhoods from "slum clearance". In 1968, she was arrested for inciting a crowd on the cancellation of Lower Manhattan Expressway. Also in 1968, she moved to Toronto. In Toronto, she criticized the building of the Spadina Expressway (now Allen Road).

Jacobs got the second Vincent Scully prize from the National Building Museum in 2000.

Jacobs was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania. She died from a stroke in Toronto at age 89.[1]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Jane Jacobs, Urban Activist, is Dead at 89". New York Times. Retrieved May 4, 2016.