Jane Jacobs, an author and community activist of singular influence, has died. Jacobs' classic The Death and Life of Great American Cities transformed ideas about urban planning, urging multi-use structures and green space in walkable communities.
The urbanist and activist's great passion was the American city. And her radical ideas on city planning influenced how millions of Americans live today.
Jacobs set out to understand why some neighborhoods flourished, while others wilted. In the process, she discovered that the people who lived in cities often didn't prefer the kind of cities that urban visionaries wanted to give them.
Jacobs was 89.