Jane Jacobs is universally recognized as one of the key figures in American urbanism. The author of What is missing from such discussions and other myths about Jacobs, according to Peter L. Laurence, is a critical examination of how she arrived at her ideas about city life. Laurence shows that although Jacobs had only a high school diploma, she was nevertheless immersed in an elite intellectual community of architects and urbanists.
Becoming Jane Jacobs
University of Pennsylvania Press
Arts and Intellectual Life in Modern America
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