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Jane Jacobs on the nature of economies

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An urban (planning) legend personified, activist Jane Jacobs changed the way we think about cities. Her 1961 book The Death and Life of Great American Cities is possibly the most influential book ever written on urban planning, and her urban activism forever changed the face of her adopted city, Toronto. In this interview, Jacobs discusses her newest work, The Nature of Economies, which argues that nature is the best guide to understanding how economies work.

Medium: Television
Program: Hot Type
Broadcast Date: April 14, 2000
Guest(s): Jane Jacobs
Host: Evan Solomon
Duration: 18:30

Did You know?


• Jane Jacobs was born Jane Butzner on May 4, 1916 in Scranton, PA. She moved to Canada in 1968 because she opposed the Vietnam War, and feared her two sons would be drafted.

• Despite her profound impact on the subject, Jacobs had no formal training in architecture or urban planning. Her opinions on urban growth and architecture sprang from her tenure as associate editor of Architectural Forum.

• Jane Jacobs died in Toronto on April 25, 2006 - nine days short of her 90th birthday.


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