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READ & DOWNLOAD Eyes On The Street 107 ✓ ➷ [Reading] ➹ Eyes On The Street By Robert Kanigel ➬ – The first major biography of the irrepressible woman who changed the way we view and live in cities and whose influence can still be felt in any discussion of urban planning to this day 'Eyes on the S The first Us book 'The Death and Life of Great American Cities' Here too is the activist who helped lead an ultimately successful protest against Robert Moses's proposed expressway through her beloved Greenwich Village and who in order to keep her sons out of the Vietnam War moved to Canada where she became as well known and admired as she was in the United States. Disclaimer I love Jane Jacobs I knew this going into this biography The one thing I learned here that impressed me the most was that Jane nearly failed out of high school didn't get a college degree and yet was pretty much universally described as a genius; her theories about cities actually being utilized and put into play around the world and importantly succeeding That is damn impressive So 5 stars for providing readers a nuanced sensitive and vibrant portrait of this woman BravoHere are my critiues in no particular order It really bothered me that Kanigal pretty much ignored the fact that Jane was a woman until the last handful of pages in the book when he compared her to Betty Freidan and Rachel Carson I understand why he made this comparison and he explains it pretty well albeit maybe too briefly But that last handful of pages was not enough Maybe he was not interested or not able to talk about Jane's achievements in relation to her gender Maybe he thought her story could stand on it's own without a thorough analysis through a feminist lens Whatever the reason it marks a strike against this otherwise excellent biography I thought Kanigal was at his best when he was describing Jane's parents her early life her first couple decades in NYC and everything surrounding the Death and Life book Great content there The book starts to lag a bit in the latter half when he talks about her other books; it's formulaic and not as gripping she had this idea she wrote about this the book took a long time and this was the critical reception Boring I don't necessarily thing biographies even need to include this type of writing; nonetheless I do see why it was included here Kanigal is much stronger when he talks about who Jane was as a person and what she did outside of her writing in the post Death and Life part of her career His writing style Kanigal packs a lot of nuance into this book which is appreciated However a side effect of this is his writing style is not always as clear and unhampered as I think it could have been Something about the punctuation bothered me and I can't even fully articulate what it was I don't think I am too much of a grammar snob but I could have easily played editor with this book taken a red pen to it and rewritten dozens of murky sentences The other thing that bothered me was how he handled Jane's daughter Mary's name As an adult Mary legally changed her name to Burgin but Kanigal doesn't mention this until at least 300 pages in So she was Mary for about two thirds of the book and then suddenly Burgin for the last third He should have just mentioned the name switch straight off the bat which would have been easier for a reader to take FINALLY did anyone else have a major WTF moment at the beginning of the book when Kanigal describes how Jane captured a stray NYC cat DROWNED IT in one of the rivers brought it back to her apartment SKINNED IT and boiled it's remains in one of her kitchen pots so she could reconstruct it's bones Again WTF Who does that Did she ever use that pot again to cook her food in What the heck I NEED ANSWERS This is disturbing and not normal

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Ed twice and engaged at home and on the streets in thousands of debates all of Eyes On Epubwhich she won Here is the child who challenged her third grade teacher the high school poet the journalist who honed her writing skills at Iron Age Architectural Forum Fortune and other outlets while amassing the knowledge she would draw upon to write her most famo. Kanigel's book is a biography of Jane Jacobs that weaves together the details of her life with her work He places her in a larger social context The smallness of big cities This was the title Jane or an editor gave one section of her essay We are apt to think of big cities as eualing big enterprises little towns as eualing little enterprises Jane wrote Nothing could be less true 160The logic of the projects she wrote is the logic of egocentric children playing with pretty blocks and shouting 'See what I made 162All across those years modernist dreams too had been placed on hold But now with the guns stilled after World War II and every sign of buoyant prosperity returning automobiles taking on the Forward Look air travel granting mile high vistas modernism reasserted itself Something close to a social consensus emerged one rejecting the old ragged past proposing to scrape it away often literally and replace it with a swept clean suared away future superblocks of Corbusian towers in town and great green park like tracts in the new suburbs 166 167With every writing problem she looked three ways at once Toward a body of knowledge and fact Toward her reader and what he or she needed in order to keep turning the pages And toward her own inner self and its expressive needs 185Cities reuired exuberant diversity the endless mixing of every kind of everything And that demanded the satisfaction of four conditions 1 mixed primary use; 2 short blocks; 3 buildings of varied ages including old ones; and 4 dense concentrations of people 190What we were inventing was issue oriented politics focused not on individuals or parties but on the daily life of one's community 228the 1963 razing of Penn Station the calamity that had sparked the historic preservation movement 268Where local politicians stood on the Spadina Expressway wrote John Sewell a friend and collaborator of Jane's for most of her time in Toronto was the defining issue of the day Two opposing visions of the city had rarely been presented in such a powerful volatile and bitter way 285The Spadina was supposed to slash down through the heart of the city from Highway 401 which had been built in the early 1950s as a modest intercity highway but would morph into a commuter artery at some points eighteen lanes wide 285 286the provincial governor Bill Davis uashed it famously declaring to the Ontario legislature If we are building a transportation system to serve the automobile the Spadina Expressway would be a good place to start But if we are building a transportation system to serve people the Spadina Expressway is a good place to stop 289During the late 1960s and early 1970s English speaking Montrealers scared off by the political tulmult in uebec began moving to Toronto tens of thousands of them laden with money and talent Energetic increasingly Asian newcomers 75000 of them a year were moving in too 298Bobbi Speck She never showed emotionShe was expressionless like an ancient tortoise 302One clue to the failure of conventional macroeconomic thinking Jane argued was stagflation an economic malediction combining high unemployment and high prices stagnation and inflation together The two miseries weren't supposed to go together but in 1975 for example the United States recorded 85 percent unemployment and 91 percent inflation both painfully high 330city dwellers were interconnected not interrelated That is the city wasn't a place where most people knew your name; on the other hand it tied you by invisible threads to everyone else and to the larger organism that was Chicago or LA Urbanites Rowan wrote were bound by the involuntary accumulation of public contacts rather than the purposeful cultivation of private intimacies 366In his book of the same name Alan Ehrenhalt describes what he calls a great inversion in which the old postwar pattern of well off suburbs and poor city centres has begun to turn inside out with dead dying and abandoned malls and decrepit suburban ranch houses flanking cities of rebirth and rejuvenation 371Mike DavisIt is Jane Jacobs the Mother Teresa of neighbourhoods 383in the early 1960s three women wrote three classic books launching three social movements that changed the world Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystiue Rachel Carson's Silent Spring and Jane's The Death and Life of Great American Cities 391She had the moral authority of an Old Testament prophet David Crombie once said of her 396

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Eyes On The StreetThe first major biography of the irrepressible woman who changed the way we view and live in cities and whose influence can still be felt in any discussion of urban planning to this day 'Eyes on the Street' is a revelation of the phenomenal woman who raised three children wrote seven groundbreaking books saved neighborhoods stopped expressways was arrest. This book confirmed something I’ve always believed that one person open to learning and thinking deeply about what is learned can be the spark that ignites dramatic positive change Or to use a favorite uote from a Pete Seeger song One and one and 50 make a millionJane Jacobs a writer with an independent ornery bent is best known for Death and Life of Great American Cities and for triumphing over a New York City planning powerhouse called Robert Moses who was once heard to fume that those opposing his neighborhood destroying highway plans were nothing but a bunch of mothersJane came from a Scranton family that encouraged independent thinking She had a rough time at school brilliant though she was because she had a problem with rules and arbitrary pronouncements In elementary school she convinced other students not to promise to brush their teeth every night for the rest of their lives because she knew that you should never make a promise that would be impossible to keepAfter high school and an internship at the local paper she went to New York gradually finding better and better writing jobs and being exposed to many fields The last job before she became a full time author of books was at Architectural Forum where she initially bought into the modernist styles and urban renewal approaches of the day On one assignment she went to Philadelphia to see the great things that planner Edmund Bacon father of Kevin by the way was doing in that city and she came away with an uneasy feeling about the way whole communities were being wiped out to build better ones Her uneasiness increased after she met William Kirk who ran a settlement house in East Harlem He took her on numerous walks around the neighborhood and explained the loss of community friendships businesses and that had resulted from the new and sterile projects Meanwhile she was living in the lovely messy interesting and diverse neighborhood of West Greenwich Village She could see what made for vitalityOne day her boss got invited to speak at the first ever Harvard design and community planning symposium He couldn't go and suggested she take his place She was terrified of public speaking but agreed to go if she could talk about what she wanted to not the suggested topic In the talk she expressed her growing realization that planning was being done wrong She created a sensation Her best known book followed extolling further the delightful energetic mess from which wonderful neighborhoods and cities ariseI liked this line from the biography The problems of metropolitan government would be solved 'not by abstract logic or elegance of structure but in a combination of approaches by trial error and immense experimentation in a context of expediency and conflicting interests' Biographer Robert Kanigel favors lots of italics and repetition of key points He is very good at building up a crescendo After reviewing her life much of it in Toronto where the family moved because the boys were about to be drafted and her child rearing not terrific but encouraging of lively discussion and her books he concludes that her life and work was about than preserving uirky streets He puts it all under the category of civilization exploring what civilization consists of how to preserve it how to keep it blooming