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Jane Jacobs

Jane Jacobs died today and I’m sorry to see her go. I probably can say anything about here book “The Death and Life of Great American Cities” that hasn’t already been said, but I will try. For me, the book is about two things; how the ‘experts’ can get everything wrong and how a astute observer can still contribute new and fundamental insights to a field of human knowledge regardless of their expertise. Jacobs wrote about whatever she pleased and was the ultimate gadfly – an amateur and a woman challenging experts in male dominated fields. She will always be one of my heroes.

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