Continue reading the interview with Jane Jacobs, over here.
HB: I thought I’d start by asking how you started writing about cities and what makes them work.
JJ: Well, I really explain all that in the Introduction to The Death and Life of Great American Cities. In brief, I was working for an architectural magazine, and I became dismayed at how unrealistic the plans that I was writing about were. I saw that they didn’t really make very magnetic or attractive city areas; people seemed to shun them instead of enjoying them. And then I was fortunate in having a good mentor who had been thinking about the same things, the head worker of a settlement in East Harlem. And he got me thinking along the lines of how city streets work.
HB: In ways that professional planners hadn’t really been considering?
JJ: No, they didn’t like the street....