This volume begins with the premise that the deepest respect is shown through honest critique. One of the greatest problems in understanding the influence of the author on cities and planning is that she has for much of the past five decades been "Saint Jane, the housewife" who upended urban renewal and gave us back our cities. Over time, she has become a saintly stick figure, a font of simple wisdom for urban health that allows many to recite her ideas and few to understand their complexity. The author has been the victim of her own success.
This book gives this important thinker the respect she deserves, reminding planning professionals of the full range and complexity of her ideas and offering thoughtful critiques on the unintended consequences of her ideas on cities and planning today. It also looks at the international relevance – or lack thereof – of her work, with essays on urbanism in Abu Dhabi, Argentina, China, the Netherlands, and elsewhere.
1. Introduction: More Than Meets the Eye Max Page 2. The Unknown Jane Jacobs: Geographer, Propagandist, City Planning Idealist Peter L. Laurence 3. An Australian Jane Jacobs Jane M. Jacobs 4. The Literary Craft of Jane Jacobs Jamin Creed Rowan 5. Urban Warfare: The Battles for Buenos Aires Sergio Kiernan 6. The Magpie and the Bee: Jane Jacobs' Magnificent Obsession Richard Harris 7. Jane Jacobs in Dutch Cities and Towns: Metropolitan Romance in Provincial Reality Gert-Jan Hospers 8. Time, Scale, and Control: How New Urbanism (Mis)Uses Jane Jacobs Jill L. Grant 9. Planning the Modern Arab City: The Case of Abu Dhabi Rudayna Abdo, AICP, and Geoffrey M. Batzel, AICP 10. Jane Jacobs, Andy Warhol, and the Kind of Problem a Community Is (Timothy Mennel) 11. A Chinese Perspective Nathan Cherry, AICP 12. Jane Jacobs and the Death and Life of American Planning Thomas J. Campanella