“Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.” ― Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities 

Activist, journalist, and writer Jane Jacobs’ was instrumental in paving the way for urban planning in American cities and grass-roots organizing. Her work and writings focused on urban studies, sociology, and economic theory and often addressed controversial policies. She long advocated for citizens to have a more active role in the planning of urban improvements. Today she would have been 104. We share readings about her and other female architects and urbanists that give us hope for the future of our cities and communities.  

Jane Jacobs: The Woman Everyone Should Know About 

Center for the Living City 

9 Women Who’ve Shaped Our Cities, Past and Present 

Jane Jacobs’s Street Smarts 

The Death and Life of Great American Cities 

ArchDaily: Spotlight: Jane Jacobs 

The Resilience of Older Neighborhoods from the National Trust for Historic Preservation 

How Will the Pandemic Transform Urban Space? 

Rachel Carson, Jane Jacobs, and the Tumultuous Summer of 1962 

Why Women Matter in Urbanism and City Planning 

Unbuilt from 99 Percent Invisible 

@Alabama Chanin 

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Lead image: Library of Congress; Mrs. Jane Jacobs, chairman of the Comm. to save the West Village holds up documentary evidence at press conference at Lions Head Restaurant at Hudson & Charles Sts., 1961; Photographer Phil Stanziola

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