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Eyes on the Street

The Life of Jane Jacobs
Narrated by: Kimberly Farr
Length: 19 hrs and 19 mins
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"Kanigel's delight in his subject, 'one of the premier intellectual figures of the twentieth century,' shimmers on every page... He takes full measure of [Jacobs's] accomplishments and influence and elucidates the scope and passion of her unique quest to understand what sustains civilization." (Donna Seaman, Booklist)
"Find out how an owlish thinker on a bicycle defeated the urban planner Robert Moses, saved Greenwich Village, and continues to shape your favorite American cities." ( Esquire)
"Jane Jacob's life was chock-full of insights, merriment, amazing stories, aphorisms, mischief, astonishing antics, principled actions, and of course writing. Kanigel has captured it all in this compulsively readable life of Jane." (John Sewell, former mayor of Toronto)

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  • Kobenhavn, Denmark
  • 11-11-18

I Spy With My Little Eye Something Radiant

What are the conditions that promote innovation?

Cities, closely packed, diverse cities.

Lovely biography that avoids the following stumbling blocks...

“Simple minded notion that people are passive domestic animals who will flourish like well kept domestic animals if their environment is well kept.”
“Strong ideas and the only problem is that you state your conclusion before you demonstrate it concretely.”

#SelfDiscovery #Provocative #TorturedHero #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

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Could have been more concise.

The middle section of this very long book gets weighed down with specifics from about 1958-1963. I kept thinking the timeline had moved on, but then it would be 1962 all over again. Jane Jacobs was an amazing figure and I am glad to have come across this book.

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  • Dennett
  • North Central Florida
  • 11-11-16

Jane Jacobs Lives Again

This book brings Jane Jacobs alive in a intimate and thorough way. Thorough details of her life. Excellent biography of an amazing woman.

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