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Jane Jacobs as chairperson of a Greenwich Village civic group at a 1961 press conference.
May 4, 1916
Scranton, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Died||April 25, 2006
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
|Cause of death||Stroke|
|Education||Graduated from Scranton High School; two years undergraduate studies at Columbia University|
|Occupation||Journalist, author, urban theorist|
|Employer||Amerika, Architectural Forum|
|Organization||Joint Committee to Stop the Lower Manhattan Expressway, Stop Spadina Save Our City Coordinating Committee|
|The Death and Life of Great American Cities|
|Home town||Greenwich Village, New York City
The Annex, Toronto
|Awards||OC, O.Ont, Vincent Scully Prize, National Building Museum|
Jane Jacobs (May 4, 1916 – April 25, 2006) was a Canadian and American journalist, author and activist. She had an influence on urban studies. Her book The Death and Life of Great American Cities said that urban renewal did not respect the needs of most city people.
Jacobs was well known for making grassroots efforts to protect existing neighborhoods from "slum clearance". In 1968, she was arrested for inciting a crowd on the cancellation of Lower Manhattan Expressway. Also in 1968, she moved to Toronto. In Toronto, she criticized the building of the Spadina Expressway (now Allen Road).
Jacobs got the second Vincent Scully prize from the National Building Museum in 2000.
Jacobs was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania. She died from a stroke in Toronto at age 89.
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Jacobs with Ecotrust foreman Spencer Beebe in Portland, Oregon, 2004
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