Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Jane Jacobs has died

Long live her work, a mind on the level of Robert Caro. I found her books fascinating because they intuitively made sense of a vast body of experience I had living and putting around in New York, and gave me a reason to challenge on purely rational grounds the aesthetic unpleasantness of the project model of housing.

And while we're at it, for those who want to learn a lot about why New York looks the way it does:

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