Jane Jacobs was a student of the American city. She observed what made them work, where they failed, and how they thrive. As an outsider to existing "urban planning" in New York City, she realized that the way we design cities in America limits their potential. Instead of focusing on theory, her urban philosophy is firmly rooted in reality — building practical rules that play out again and again. Fundamentally, this is a book about diversity: the kind that ensures streets are always active, people are safe, and humans thrive. If you're interested in urban planning and haven't read Jacobs, please do.
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