Jane Jacobs

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One of the JC’s special extra uber-heroes, Jane Jacobs was an American writer and activist who singlehandedly transformed the field of urban planning with her writing about American cities, which piled richly deserved scorn on the modernist movement represented by the likes of Le Corbusier and Robert Moses. She led resistance to the Moses’ wholesale replacement of urban communities with high rise buildings and the loss of community to expressways. Her magum opus is the spectacular The Death and Life of Great American Cities.

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