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The Economy of Cities

reviewed by Colin Greer - 1970

coverTitle: The Economy of Cities
Author(s): Jane Jacobs
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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The fly cover of Lewis Mumford's The City in History tells the reader that the book opens "with a city that was a world and closes with a world that, potentially, has become a city." This is the grossest level at which Jane Jacobs' The Economy of Cities distorts the story it sets out to tell. From medieval Dinant, if not sooner, all the way to modern thriving Tokyo, the urban dimension we have come to recog­nize at the heart of contemporary life is discovered fully formed and in abundance. Jane Jacobs has taken her biases to the library and confirmed them with quite the meanest selection of sources in terms, both of homogeneity of opinion and dearth of number I can remem­ber seeing called researched evidence in support of a thesis. It is not that Mrs. Jacobs does not refer to scholarly sources, but rather that she refers to only a single source here and there to support her thrust. While it is not... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 71 Number 3, 1970, p. 518-521
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 1806, Date Accessed: 9/19/2020 7:09:23 PM

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    Teachers College, Columbia University

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