In this classic text, Jane Jacobs set out to produce an attack on current city planning and rebuilding and to introduce new principles by which these should be governed. The result is one of the most stimulating books on cities ever written. Throughout the post-war period, planners temperamentally unsympathetic to cities have been let loose on our ...Read MoreIn this classic text, Jane Jacobs set out to produce an attack on current city planning and rebuilding and to introduce new principles by which these should be governed. The result is one of the most stimulating books on cities ever written. Throughout the post-war period, planners temperamentally unsympathetic to cities have been let loose on our urban environment. Inspired by the ideals of the Garden City or Le Corbusier's Radiant City, they have dreamt up ambitious projects based on self-contained neighbourhoods, super-blocks, rigid 'scientific' plans and endless acres of grass. Yet they seldom stop to look at what actually works on the ground. The real vitality of cities, argues Jacobs, lies in their diversity, architectural variety, teeming street life and human scale. It is only when we appreciate such fundamental realities that we can hope to create cities that are safe, interesting and economically viable, as well as places that people want to live in.Read Less
Collectible: Very Good in Good jacket. 1961 Random House first edition first printing (stated) jacket is lightly soiled/toned and has a closed tear top 1/3 front panel ownership ink to flyleaf, otherwise tight and unmarked Please email for photos.
Very good(+) in good jacket. 458 pages, 8vo, black cloth with a burgundy brick pattern, dust wrapper; (edge-worn, price-clipped, and sun-darkened on spine). (New York): Random House, (1961). Second printing. A very good(+) copy in a good dust wrapper. Inscribed on the blank page before the half-title: "Cordial regards to Bud Fisher, who must be very nice indeed if he is half as nice as Barbara Reach says-Sincerely, Jane Jacobs Dec. 1961"
Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. Slight tanning to the spine, otherwise a fine copy of what many consider to be the most important book on urban planning of the 20th century. In protective Mylar cover and shipped in a Multi-D box to prevent corner-bumping. Danbom and Son Books is a member of the Rocky Mountain Antiquarian Booksellers Assn.; 8vo 8"-9" tall.
First edition of the author's tour de force. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed in the year of publication by the author, "To Kenneth Hamilton with warmest regards, Sincerely, Jane Jacobs Nov. 1961." Fine in an excellent near fine dust jacket. Rare signed. The Death and Life of Great American Cities was described by The New York Times as "perhaps the most influential single work in the history of town planning....[It] can also be seen in a much larger context. It is first of all a work of literature; the descriptions of street life as a kind of ballet and the bitingly satiric account of traditional planning theory can still be read for pleasure even by those who long ago absorbed and appropriated the book's arguments."
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