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  • The Death and Life of Great American Cities

  • By: Jane Jacobs, Jason Epstein (introduction)
  • Narrated by: Donna Rawlins
  • Length: 18 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 341
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 294
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 290

Thirty years after its publication, 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."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic text, dull on audio

  • By Meghan on 02-13-15

An important book for architects!

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Reviewed: 12-07-12

Would you consider the audio edition of The Death and Life of Great American Cities to be better than the print version?

A thoroughly written book with deep insight into city planning, development, mixed use, the importance of diversity and urbanism in general. Jane Jacobs will stand out as a pillar and a strong reminder of what's still going on today, only that the scale of things have now, gone totally out of whack. The dynamics of people and economical forces (high or low) will be the same as long as the industrial world operate with the same systems as today. The reader for this audiobook could have been a little more vivid in expression and melody, but the diction is flawless.

"a must hear"

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