What We See: Advancing the Observations of Jane Jacobs
A book by Stephen A. Goldsmith
Essential reading for serious scholars of Jacobs. --Tim Harford, FT.com/The Undercover Economist --Financial Times(added by author) Advance Praise for What We See: Advancing the Observations of Jane Jacobs: In … see full wiki
What We See is a fascinating book about how the life and work of Jane Jacobs influenced the lives of so many people from different fields such as science, architecture and politics. There is a lot of information in this book. It should be read slowly to truly reflect and learn something from it. There is a study guide at the end of the book. The study guide questions should be at the end of every chapter. This would make the information easier to reflect on and remember.
My favorite contribution in this book is from Alexie Torres- Fleming. She is a youth minister who spearheaded efforts to make the Bronx a more better place to live. She worked with the youth of the Bronx to clean up the Bronx River, create new parks and return wildlife to the area. My other favorite contribution in this book is by James Stockard. He is a housing developer who writes about how Jane Jacobs taught him the importance of listening, learning and teaching in his work. Jane's influence is not only in North America. I love reading about how people live in places that I have never visited. Rob Cowan describes Liverpool as an excellent place to shop for Asian things. I hope I get a chance to shop there some day. I would love to see a Dharavi or slum in Mumbai just to see it looks like. I learned some new phrases and concepts like urban acupuncture and biomimicry. I had to read carefully to figure out how these ideas from urban planning and biology are in line with the work of Jane Jacobs. The authors of these contributions do a good job in explaining these ideas. My knowledge and curiosity of different places and things is greater just by reading this book.
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