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Saving the Sidewalks

Author and urban critic Jane Jacobs passed away on April 25, 2006 at the age of 89. Jacobs' 1961 classic, "THE DEATH AND LIFE OF GREAT AMERICAN CITIES," changed the way we look at cities in the United States. The book helped turn public opinion against the large government housing developments, urban renewal projects, and multi-lane highways that were rapidly obliterating older city neighborhoods.

Photo of Jane Jacobs Jacobs also acted on her ideas: in the early 1960s she worked to prevent the construction of the Lower Manhattan Expressway, an elevated highway that would have cut across Manhattan through SoHo.
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