The City: Deplanning the Planners

U.S. planners and redevelopers, in trying to save U.S. cities, are in reality destroying them. Attached to the outmoded ideals of Ebenezer Howard's Garden City and Le Corbusier's Radiant City, they are creating a future wilderness of standardized, monotonous never-never lands. This is the contentious charge of Critic Jane Jacobs in a new, passionately argued and well-documented book (The Death and Life of Great American Cities), which has planners all shook up.

What is a city? demands Mrs. Jacobs in effect. It is, among other things, the shriek of children scooting in the streets, the clamor of crowded living; the neighborhood...

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