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The Death and Life Of Great American Cities

By Jacobs, Jane




Jane Jacobs was born on May 4, 1916, in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Her father was a physician and her mother taught school and worked as a nurse. After high school and a year spent as a reporter on the Scranton Tribune, Jacobs went to New York, where she found a succession of jobs as a stenographer and wrote free-lance articles about the city's many working districts, which fascinated her. In 1952, after a number of writing and editing jobs ranging in subject matter from metallurgy to a geography of the United States for foreign readers, she became an associate editor of Architectural Forum. She was becoming increasingly skeptical of conventional planning beliefs as she noticed that the city rebuilding projects she was assigned to write about seemed neither safe, interesting, alive, nor good economics for cities once the projects were built and in operation. She gave a speech to that effect at Harvard in 1956, and this led to an article in Fortune magazine entitled "Downtown Is for People," which in turn led to The Death and Life of Great American Cities. The book was published in 1961 and produced permanent changes in the debate over urban renewal and the future of cities.

In opposition to the kind of large-scale, bulldozing government intervention in city planning associated with Robert Moses and with federal slum-clearing projects, Jacobs proposed a renewal from the ground up, emphasizing mixed use rather than exclusively residential or commercial districts, and drawing on the human vitality of existing neighborhoods: "Vital cities have marvelous innate abilities for understanding, communicating, contriving, and inventing what is required to combat their difficulties.... Lively, diverse, intense cities contain the seeds of their own regeneration, with energy enough to carry over for problems and needs outside themselves." Although Jacobs's lack of experience as either architect or city planner drew criticism, The Death and Life of Great American Cities was quickly recognized as one of the most original and powerfully argued books of its day. It was variously praised as "the most refreshing, provocative, stimulating, and exciting study of this greatest of our problems of living which I have seen" (Harrison Salisbury) and "a magnificent study of what gives life and spirit to the city" (William H. Whyte).

Jacobs is married to an architect, who she says taught her enough to become an architectural writer. They have two sons and a daughter. In 1968 they moved to Toronto, where Jacobs has often assumed an activist role in matters relating to development and has been an adviser on the reform of the city's planning and housing policies. She was a leader in the successful campaign to block construction of a major expressway on the grounds that it would do more harm than good, and helped prevent the demolition of an entire neighborhood downtown. She has been a Canadian citizen since 1974. Her writings include The Economy of Cities (1969); The Question of Separatism (1980), a consideration of the issue of sovereignty for Quebec; Cities and the Wealth of Nations (1984), a major study of the importance of cities and their regions in the global economy; and her most recent book, Systems of Survival (1993).


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The Death and Life of Great American Cities

Jacobs, Jane

New York: Random House. Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. 1961. First Edition. Hardcover. 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 .

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The Death and Life of Great American Cities

Jacobs, Jane

New York: The Modern Library, 1993. Reprint. Near Fine/Near Fine. Later printing. Signed by Jane Jacobs on the title page. Publisher's grey cloth binding with spine lettered in gilt. Near Fine in a Near Fine dust jacket; light shelf wear. A lovely copy of the author's magnum opus.

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The Death And Life of Great American Cities.

Jacobs, Jane

New York: The Modern Library, 1993. First Modern Library edition of the author's magnum opus. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Jane Jacobs on the half- title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. 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." Robert Caro has cited Jacobs' book as the strongest influence on The Power Broker, his Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of Robert Moses.

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THE DEATH AND LIFE OF GREAT AMERICAN CITIES [Signed]

Jacobs, Jane

New York: Modern Library, 1993. First Modern Library Edition. Octavo; VG/VG; Gray cloth boards and spine; Jacket Gray with black lettering; Boards and binding strong, minimal shelf wear; Text block clean; Book has been SIGNED by Jacobson the title page. 598 pages. Shelved in Case 1. Shelved Dupont Bookstore.

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THE DEATH AND LIFE OF GREAT AMERICAN CITIES

Jacobs, Jane

New York: The Modern Library, 1993. Hardcover; 598 pages in good condition. Signed by Jane Jacobs on title page. Grey cloth hardcovers with gilt titles on spine. Part of titles rubbed off. Skewed binding. Fading around edges. Clean endpapers. The pages are white. Four pages dog-eared with sparse pencilling. (G) The jacket is silver with black text. Moderate shelfwear. Slightly sunned spine. (G+). By Author. Hardcover. Good/Good+.

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The Death and Life of Great American Cities

Jacobs, Jane

New York: Random House, 1961. First Edition, First Printing. Cloth. Near FIne/Very Good. 8vo. 459 pp. Minor corner bump to cloth binding. A light soil spot on front cover of cloth. Inked owner's former owner's name at center of FEP, with light fade spots around this inscription. DJ has toning. A few very tiny edge chips and a short closed tear, upper edge. DJ is not price clipped, showing price of $5.95. Overall an attractive copy of this classic influential work that bucked the urban renewal orthodoxy of the day.

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The Death and Life of Great American Cities

Jane Jacobs

Random House, 1961. second printing. Acceptable. Signed by Jane Jacobs. "Cordially, Jane Jacobs, Feb 1962" No dust jacket. Some separation of fron cover at the spine. Surface, shelf, and corner wear, and some water staining. Still, certainly a readable copy.

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Jane Jacobs

2002-02-04. New. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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Jacobs, Jane

Vintage, 1992-12-01. Paperback. Good. No International ShippingGood condition. Used books doesn't include any access code, CD or other supplements. For returns always contact us.

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The Death and Life of Great American Cities

Jane Jacobs

Vintage. Hardcover. POOR. Noticeably used book. Heavy wear to cover. Pages contain marginal notes, underlining, and or highlighting. Possible ex library copy, with all the markings/stickers of that library. Accessories such as CD, codes, toys, and dust jackets may not be included.

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THE DEATH AND LIFE OF GREAT AMERICAN CITIES

JANE JACOBS

NEW YORK: RANDOM HOUSE, 1961. 1st Edition 2nd Printing. Hardcover. Fine/Good. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. 458 Pp. COPYRIGHT 1961. FIRST EDITION. SECOND PRINTING. THIS BOOK IS AN ATTACK ON THE CURRENT METHODS OF CITY PLANNING AND RE-BUILDING. BOOK DESCRIPTION: BLACK/BROWN CLOTH HARDBOUND, GILT SILVER/RED STAMPED/EMBOSSED TITLE ON SPINE COVER, ILLUSTRATIONS, MANILA DUST JACKET WITH BLACK/RED STAMPED TITLE. DIMENSIONS: 9 1/4" x 6 1/4" x 1 3/4." BOOK CONDITION: FINE. DUST JACKET CONDITION: SUNNED DUST JACKET, SPOTTED, SOILED, AND LIGHTLY CHIPPED SPINE CROWN/HEEL, AND TORN AT CENTER HINGE AREAS OF SPINE PERIMETER AREA.

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Death & Life of Great American Cities

Jacobs, Jane

London: Jonathan Cape, 1962. Illus. DJ with chips, small tears and tanning, purple quarter-cloth, coloured top, light marks to bottom edge, 458pp. 1st UK Edition 1st Printing. Hard Back. Good/Good. 30 x 150 x 220 Mm.

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The Death and Life of Great American Cities

Jacobs, Jane

New York: Random House, 1961 Hardcover 1st Printing (stated) in original $5.95-priced dust jacket, about Fine in Near Fine, no markings, NOT ex-lib, NOT Modern Library edition, unlaminated jacket shows light edge wear (most to spine ends) & slight soil, spine darkened but titles clear & legible, an exemplary First Edition copy of this classic study, scarce as such (dj in mylar protector); lg thick 8vo; (xiv) + 458pp indexed. Due to its size and/or weight, overseas delivery of this book MAY REQUIRE an additional shipping charge beyond our default rates. First Edition. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Very Good.

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The Death and Life of Great American Cities

JACOBS, JANE

New York: Random House, (1961) First edition. 8vo; 468 pp. Short tear to top of spine; else a very good copy in original gilt-stamped black cloth, in a dust jacket with chipping to top of spine. Jacobs's famous attack on post-war city planning, urban renewal, and rebuilding..

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The Death and Life of Great American Cities (Modern Library Series)

Jane Jacobs

1993-04-08. New. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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The Death and Life of Great American Cities

Jane Jacobs

2001-04-09. New. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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The Death and Life of Great American Cities

Jane Jacobs

1992-06-03. New. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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The Death and Life of Great American Cities: 50th Anniversary Edition (Modern Library)

Jane Jacobs

2011-04-07. New. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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The Death and Life of Great American Cities (Vintage)

Jane Jacobs

Good. [ No Hassle 30 Day Returns ][ Ships Daily ] [ Underlining/Highlighting: NONE ] [ Writing: None ]

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The Death and Life of Great American Cities

Jacobs, Jane

Randon House, 1961. Hardcover. Good. First edition first printing. No dust jacket. Previous owner's name in pen. Slightly loose hinge.

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The Death and Life of Great American Cities: 50th Anniversary Edition (Modern Library)

Jacobs, Jane

Modern Library. Hardcover. 0679644334 New Condition. . New.

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The Death and Life of Great American Cities

Jacobs, Jane

Random House. Hardcover. 0375508732 New Condition. . New.

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The Death and Life of Great American Cities (Modern Library Series)

Jacobs, Jane

Modern Library. Hardcover. 0679600477 New Condition. . New.

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The Death and Life of Great American Cities

Jacobs, Jane

Vintage. MASS MARKET PAPERBACK. 0394702417 New Condition. . New.

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The Death and Life of Great American Cities

Jacobs, Jane

Vintage. PAPERBACK. 067974195X New Condition. . New.

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The Death And Life of Great American Cities

Jane Jacobs

1961 Random House first edition, second printing. Jacobs' book has the reputation as being the most influential book written about Urban Planning in the 20th Century. Condition of the book is Near Fine. The binding is straight and sound. Inside pages are complete and unmarked. The book has no significant condition issues, a very nice copy. Condition of the dust jacket is Very Good. The DJ is complete, not price clipped. It shows moderate shelf wear. The DJ is protected in a new mylar cover. Please message me with any questions.

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The Death and Life of Great American Cities

Jane Jacobs

Random House, 1961. Hardcover. Good/Fari. 1st printing. Shelfworn. Front cover weak. Dust jacket worn, chipped and stained.

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The Death and Life of Great American Cities

Jane Jacobs

Random House, 2002-09-10. Hardcover. Used:Good.

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The Death and Life of Great American Cities

Jacobs, Jane

Random House. Hardcover. 0375508732 Like New Condition. . Fine.

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The Death and Life of Great American Cities (V-241)

Jane Jacobs

A Vintage Book. Used - Good. Good condition. Writing inside.Slightly dampstained.

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Jacobs, Jane

Vintage. PAPERBACK. 067974195X Like New Condition. . Fine.

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The Death and Life of Great American Cities (Modern Library Series)

Jacobs, Jane

Modern Library. Hardcover. 0679600477 Like New Condition. . Fine.

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The death and life of great American cities (A Vintage book)

Jacobs, Jane

Vintage Books :. Used - Acceptable. Acceptable condition. Mass Market Paperback edition. Spine is cracked. Slightly dampstained.

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The Death and Life of Great American Cities

Jacobs, Jane

Vintage. MASS MARKET PAPERBACK. 0394702417 Like New Condition. . Fine.

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The Death and Life of Great American Cities: 50th Anniversary Edition (Modern Library)

Jacobs, Jane

Modern Library. Hardcover. 0679644334 Like New Condition. . Fine.

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The Death and Life of Great American Cities

Jane Jacobs

2002-02-04. Good. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. May be ex-library. Shipping & Handling by region. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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DEATH & LIFE OF GREAT AMERICAN CITIES

JACOBS JANE

MODERN LIBRARY. New. 7.66 x 5.21 cm.

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Death and Life of Great American Cities (Peregrine Books)

Jane Jacobs

Viking Pr, 1984-06. Paperback. Good.

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The Death and Life of Great American Cities (Pelican)

Jane Jacobs

Penguin Books Ltd, 1972-07-14. Paperback. Good.

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The Death and Life of Great American Cities

Jacobs, Jane

Random House. Hardcover. 0375508732 Very Good, mylar-wrapped dust jacket. . Very Good. 1989.

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The Death and Life of Great American Cities

Jacobs, Jane

Vintage Books. Used - Good. Good condition. Stamped on inside.

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The Death and Life of Great American Cities

Jane Jacobs

2001-04-09. Good. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. May be ex-library. Shipping & Handling by region. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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The Death and Life of Great American Cities: 50th Anniversary Edition (Modern Library)

Jane Jacobs

2011-04-07. Good. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. May be ex-library. Shipping & Handling by region. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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The Death and Life of Great American Cities: 50th Anniversary Edition (Modern Library)

Jacobs, Jane

Modern Library. Hardcover. 0679644334 New Condition *** Right Off the Shelf | Ships within 2 Business Days ~~~ Customer Service Is Our Top Priority! - Thank you for LOOKING :-) . New.

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Death and Life of Great American Cities (Peregrine Books)

Jane Jacobs

Viking Pr. Paperback. POOR. Noticeably used book. Heavy wear to cover. Pages contain marginal notes, underlining, and or highlighting. Possible ex library copy, with all the markings/stickers of that library. Accessories such as CD, codes, toys, and dust jackets may not be included.

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The Death and Life of Great American Cities (Modern Library Series)

Jane Jacobs

Modern Library, 1993-02-09. 1993 Modern Library Edition. Hardcover. Used:Good.

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The Death and Life of Great American Cities

Jacobs, Jane

Vintage, 1963-09-12. Mass Market Paperback. Used:Good.

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The Death and Life of Great American Cities

Jane Jacobs

1992-06-03. Good. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. May be ex-library. Shipping & Handling by region. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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The Death and Life of Great American Cities

Jane Jacobs

Very Good. Used book in very good condition. Some cover wear, may contain a few marks. Ex-library with the usual stamps. 100% guaranteed. 070919

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The Death and Life of Great American Cities

Jacobs, Jane

Paperback. New.

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Price: $35.00