Jane Jacobs, autora de The Death and Life of Great American Cities (1961), morreu nesta terça-feira aos 89 anos de idade, em Toronto.
Douglas Martin do New York Times escreveu um extenso obituário falando de sua vida, idéias e ativismo político:
At a time when both common and inspired wisdom called for bulldozing slums and opening up city space, Ms. Jacobs's prescription was ever more diversity, density and dynamism — in effect, to crowd people and activities together in a joyous urban jumble.
Her critique of the nation's cities is often grouped with the work of writers who in the 1960's shook the foundations of American society: Paul Goodman's attack on schooling; Michael Harrington's stark portrait of poverty; Ralph Nader's barrage against the auto industry; and Malcolm X's grim tour of America's racial divide, among others. And it continues to influence a third generation of students.