"The Economy of Cities is an astonishing book. It blows cobwebs from the mind, and challenges assumptions one hadn't even realized one had made. It should prove of major importance."
-- Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, The New York Times
"This book is radiant with ideas about what makes cities rich or poor, how cities grow, and how city growth affects national economies."
-- The New Yorker
"What Mrs. Jacobs has done ... is to begin to formulate a badly needed urban myth for our now almost urbanized society...."
-- Herbert J. Gans, New Republic
"The book is... timely, and if it will irritate some of the experts it will also help bring some neglected issues and theories into public focus. This ... has always been Mrs. Jacobs' most notable taient and her most constructive contribution."
-- Charles Abrams, The New York Times Book Review
"An astonishing book. It blows cobwebs from the mind, and challenges assumptions one hadn't even realized one had made."--The New York TimesSee all Editorial Reviews
One of the most important books I've ever read. We need more economic histories of urban development.Published 1 month ago by Amirvala Tavakoli
An interesting pro-urban thought experiment. Obviously you should read this after the Death and Life of Great American Cities. Read morePublished 6 months ago by A E H
Clearly written. compelling argument for cities as creators of the wealth of nations. An argument for small government
allowing individual freedom to innovate. Read more
It's a classic for a reason. Very good analysis and an easy, enjoyable read. A good gift for your city's mayor.Published 21 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 on December 31, 2012 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