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"The death and life of great American cities” by Jane Jacobs

“A direct and fundamentally optimistic indictment of the short-sightedness and intellectual arrogance that has characterized much of urban planning in this century, The Death and Life of Great American Cities has, since its first publication in 1961, become the standard against which all endeavors in that field are measured. In a prose of outstanding immediacy, Jane Jacobs writes about what makes streets safe or unsafe; about what constitutes a neighborhood, and what function it serves within the larger organism of the city; about why some neighborhoods remain impoverished while others regenerate themselves.”

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The recommended titles are in the Library of the International Institute. If you are interested in reading this recommendation, you can check its availability at catalog of the library

The death and life of great American cities / Jane Jacobs. — New York: Vintage Books, 1992. — 458 p.; 21cm

ISBN 978-0-679-74195-4