credit: Maggie Steber, Planning Magazine, Sept. 1986
Jacobs is the author of the revolutionary book, The
Death and Life of Great American Cities. Death and Life
was her attempt to come to grips with cities and how they
work. She championed the messiness of mixed use planning over
the sterility of the single purpose approach. She preferred
the diversity of downtown where people live and play to the
suburban isolation of subdivisions, malls and industrial parks.
book, The Nature of Economies (Random House) champions
a similar versatility in the marketplace.