It's a classic for a reason. Very good analysis and an easy, enjoyable read. A good gift for your city's mayor.Published 11 months ago by Rene
This book is used for my development reading group. I read it in two weeks and basically couldn't understand what Jane Jacobs was talking about. Read morePublished 22 months ago by marymerry
From the cover, I expected this to be a dry read, but it wasn't.
One of the most pervasive ideas I found in it was the idea that having a close-knit community, good lighting,... Read more
This is a marvelous book, but it has one flaw. She talks about the archaeological site of Catal Huyuk, in Turkey, as an example of how cities developed. Read morePublished on September 15, 2011 by Michel Cargal
Jane Jacobs wrote on American Cities in 1962 and 1969. This book was written when she was aged about 68 and I think therefore must count as her economics chef d'oeuvre. Read morePublished on June 28, 2010 by Rerevisionist
One of those brilliant works that takes explanations we take for granted and demolishes them just by looking at them with fresh eyes. Read morePublished on January 2, 2009 by Donald Hunt
Jacobs starts with the claim that there would be no agriculture if there were no cities, confronting the general "agriculture first then cities" approach. Read morePublished on August 24, 2005 by Mert Cubukcu
I loved this book for two reasons.
First, for the insight into the complex interplay of economic forces in cities really opens your eyes to how governmental policies... Read more
As one who has a newfound interest for complexity science, I felt that this book gave me the keys to observing cities as examples of complex systems. Read morePublished on May 12, 2003 by Peter Lindberg