American-born Canadian urbanologist Jane Jacobs.

Jane Jacobs

(1916 - 2006)

The young Jacobs held conversations in her head with Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and a Saxon tribal chief named Cerdic. Her political activism helped bring to a halt construction of the Lower Manhattan Expressway, which would have cut through much of Washington Square Park. Her Death and Life of Great American Cities is considered a seminal text of urban planning.

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