Jacobs, Jane

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Name
Jacobs, Jane Gender: F
Jane Isabel Butzner
born on 4 May 1916 at 22:25 (= 10:25 PM )
Place Scranton, Pennsylvania, 41n25, 75w40
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Data source
Bio/autobiography
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Starkman
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 14°18' s_mo.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 17°20 Asc.s_sagcol.18.gif 26°10'



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Jane Jacobs

Biography

American-Canadian journalist, author, and activist who influenced urban studies, sociology, and economics. Her book The Death and Life of Great American Cities (1961) argued that "urban renewal"/"slum clearance" did not respect the needs of city-dwellers.

Jacobs organized grassroots efforts to protect neighborhoods from "urban renewal"/"slum clearance", in particular Robert Moses' plans to overhaul her own Greenwich Village neighborhood. She was instrumental in the eventual cancellation of the Lower Manhattan Expressway, which would have passed directly through SoHo, Manhattan and Little Italy, Manhattan. She was arrested in 1968 for inciting a crowd at a public hearing on that project. After moving to Toronto in 1968, she joined the opposition to the Spadina Expressway and the associated network of expressways in Toronto planned, and under construction.

As a mother and a writer who criticized experts in the male-dominated field of urban planning, Jacobs endured scorn from established figures. She was described as a housewife first. She did not have a college degree or any formal training in urban planning, and her lack of credentials was seized upon as grounds for criticism.

Jacobs died in Toronto Western Hospital aged 89, on 25 April 2006.

Link to Wikipedia biography

Source Notes

Starkman quotes the biography Eyes on the Street: The Life of Jane Jacobs by Robert Kanigel

Categories

  • Vocation : Politics : Activist/ social
  • Vocation : Writers : Columnist/ journalist
  • Vocation : Writers : Textbook/ Non-fiction