Becoming Jane Jacobs

For Halloween 2017, the Social Sciences Librarian looked around the room for her annual "dress like someone from the collection" costume and settled on "Becoming Jane Jacobs" (for the 2016 costume choice, see last year's blog post).

Jacobs was an author, urban planner, and activist who had a lasting effect on urban planing and design with her vision of the Walkable City, mixed-use development, and preservation of existing neighborhoods. You can learn more about Ms. Jacobs on the Center for the Living City website (& of course by checking out books from SLPL!)

As a prop for this year's Halloween costume, we pulled together a display with a number of Ms. Jacobs' books, including her seminal work, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, along with other books on urban planning, development, gentrification, abandonment, and the like. While the display will come down at the end of the month, it will continue to exist in virtual form via the book list on our catalog (did you know you can use the list to place holds on books?)

The list also includes links to information about the 2016 documentary, "Citizen Jane - Battle for the City" and "A Marvelous Order", an opera about Jane Jacobs and Robert Moses, the powerful New York urban planner against whom Jacobs frequently battled. (For more on him, read Robert Caro's The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York.)

In Jane's honor, walk or bike to Central or your closest neighborhood SLPL branch, browse the shelves, check out some books, and join Ms. Jacobs in her quest to make our cities and our urban neighborhoods vibrant and relevant again. 

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