"For anyone who has heard of Jane Jacobs but isn't certain of her contribution to urban studies and development, Genius of Common Sense is the book for you. Jane Jacobs was integral in preserving the vibrant communities we know and love in New York City today. Genius of Common Sense succinctly highlights Jacobs' journey from a child fascinated by cities to an urban theorist. It's a great introduction to her most prominent work, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, and its significance to the making of the modern city. You'll find yourself feeling thankful for her insight. Plus, it's written by local authors and has great black and white photographs of mid-century Manhattan."
Three books, all written by women in the early 1960s, changed the way we looked at the world and ourselves: Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique, and Jane Jacobs's The Death and Life of Great American Cities. All three books created revolutions in their respective spheres of influence, and nothing affected city planning and architecture--or the way we think about how life is lived in densely packed urban centers--more than Jane Jacobs's far-sighted polemic. Here is the first book for young people about this heroine of common sense, a woman who never attended college but whose observations, determination, and independent spirit led her to far different conclusions than those of the academics who surrounded her. Illustrated with almost a hundred images, including a great number of photos never before published, this story of a remarkable woman will introduce her ideas and her life to young readers, many of whom have grown up in neighborhoods that were saved by her insights. It will inspire young people--and readers of all ages--and demonstrate that we learn vital life lessons from observing and thinking, and not just accepting what passes as "conventional wisdom."