Jane Jacobs American-Canadian journalist, author, and activist best known for her influence on urban studies.
Today, May 4, 2016 is the 100th birthday of Jane Jacobs. Google celebrates her with a Google Doodle today. She was a self-taught journalist and community organizer that supported keeping the city of New York diverse in shape and function.
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Jane Jacobs defended beloved neighborhoods that were unjustly slated for new construction and revealed political biases in the permit process for new projects. Jacob's stance was that cities are for the people, and they're safest when residents mingle on the street and in local businesses.
According to Google, Jane Jacobs developed her philosophy through living and interacting with the city itself, and described life on the city streets as a kind of social ballet.
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In her book "The Death and Life of Great American Cities" published in 1961 has a spot in the American Library of Congress. Especially New Yorkers should celebrate the 100th birthday of Jane Jacobs for protecting New York City's urban landscape.