Great Books About Jane Jacobs
Going on a Jane Jacobs Walk isn’t the only way to learn about Jane Jacobs. When you’re all walked-out and ready to curl up with a good book, consider choosing one of these great reads that explore the ideas and observations of Jane Jacobs.
What We See: Advancing the Observations of Jane Jacobs
New Village Press is offering all Jane Jacobs Walk participants a discount on What We See: Advancing the Observations of Jane Jacobs.
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A timely revisitation of renowned urbanist-activist Jane Jacobs’ lifework, What We See invites thirty pundits and practitioners across fields to refresh Jacobs’ economic, social and urban planning theories for the present day. Combining personal and professional observations with meditations on Jacobs’ insights, essayists bring their diverse experience to bear to sketch the blueprints for the living city.
The book models itself after Jacobs’ collaborative approach to city and community building, asking community members and niche specialists to share their knowledge with a broader community, to work together toward a common goal of building the 21st century city.
The resulting collection of original essays expounds and expands Jacobs’ ideas on the qualities of a vibrant, robust urban area. It offers the generalist, the activist, and the urban planner practical examples of the benefits of planning that encourages community participation, pedestrianism, diversity, economic justice, innovation, environmental responsibility and self-sufficiency.
What We See: Advancing the Observations of Jane Jacobs was the recipient of The Jane Jacobs Urban Communication Award for 2010.
Genius of Common Sense: Jane Jacobs and the Story of the Death & Life of Great American Cities
Godine Publishing is offering all Jane Jacobs Walk participants a great deal on Genius of Common Sense by authors Glenna Lang and Marjory Wunsch. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Center for the Living City.
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From the publisher: “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.”
Also, don’t forget to check out Glenna Lang’s walk exploring Cambridge, MA in 2013: Central Square & Beyond: Layers of History and Cultures (Part II), a sequel walk to 2012′s Central Square & Beyond: Layers of History and Cultures.
Ideas That Matter: The Worlds of Jane Jacobs
Island Press is offering all Jane Jacobs Walk participants 30% off Ideas That Matter: The Worlds of Jane Jacobs by Max Allen.
From the publisher: “Ideas that Matter: The Worlds of Jane Jacobs offers students, enthusiasts, and critics unprecedented insights into the work of this seminal thinker. Originally published in 1997, and continually sought after ever since, this 2011 edition includes a new introduction by distinguished urban scholar Mary Rowe. The book is a unique combination of Jacobs’ own writing (including previously unpublished speeches, letters, and articles), biography, and analysis by other scholars.”
Visit the Island Press Website and enter code 5JACOBS to receive your 30% discount!