Search Site
This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and (if not signed in) for advertising. By using LibraryThing you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms.
MembersReviewsPopularityRatingFavorited   Events   
6,296 (10,863)1413,355 (4)200
Jane Jacobs lives in Toronto. (Publisher Provided) Author and community activist Jane Jacobs was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania on May 4, 1916. She spent two years at Columbia University in the School of General Studies. She was interrogated by the U.S. government over her loyality to the country on March 25, 1952 and was arrested during a demonstration against the Vietnam War on April 10, 1968. She also helped defeat a plan, proposed by the New York City park commissioner Robert Moses, to build an expressway through Washington Square in the early 1960s. She moved to Toronto in 1969 partially because of her objection to the Vietnam War. She became a Canadian citizen in 1974. Her most influential book, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, is a critique of 1950's urban renewal policies which, according to her, destroyed communities and created isolated, unnatural urban spaces. She received numerous honors including a lifetime achievement award from the National Building Foundation in 2000 and was appointed to the Order of Canada in 1996. In 1997, the Jane Jacobs prize was created by the City of Toronto at the Jane Jacobs: Ideas That Matter conference. She died on April 25, 2006 at the age of 89. (Bowker Author Biography)
— biography from The Death and Life of Great American Cities
… (more)
The Innocents Abroad (Introduction, some editions) 3,475 copies, 52 reviews
Writing New York: A Literary Anthology (Contributor) 255 copies, 4 reviews
A Schoolteacher in Old Alaska: The Story of Hannah Breece (Editor, some editions) 227 copies, 8 reviews
The Exploding Metropolis (Contributor) 77 copies, 2 reviews
Readings in Planning Theory (Contributor, some editions) 74 copies
19th century (107) American (88) American literature (152) anthology (75) architecture (179) cities (320) city planning (111) classic (112) classics (117) culture (66) economics (325) environment (61) essays (70) Europe (106) fiction (293) history (207) humor (191) Library of America (52) literature (148) Mark Twain (82) memoir (80) Middle East (46) New York (80) New York City (55) non-fiction (540) own (47) philosophy (46) planning (103) politics (118) read (69) sociology (276) to-read (441) travel (372) Twain (46) unread (58) urban (97) urban planning (327) urban studies (144) urbanism (135) USA (81)

Jane Jacobs has 2 past events. (show)

You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Canonical name
Legal name
Other names
Date of birth
Date of death
Burial location
Country (for map)
Place of death
Cause of death
Places of residence
Awards and honors
Short biography
Jane Jacobs, a journalist and writer, successfully led grassroots opposition to a massive urban renewal project in the 1950s and 1960s that would have destroyed several residential neighborhoods in lower Manhattan. She endured scorn from establishment figures because of her lack of formal training as an urban planner, and moved to Canada in 1968. There she continued her work and writing on urbanism, economies and social issues. Her most influential book was The Death and Life of Great American Cities, published in 1961.
Disambiguation notice

Member ratings

Average: (4)
0.5 3
1 20
1.5 6
2 44
2.5 15
3 196
3.5 57
4 445
4.5 54
5 397

Author pictures (2)


(see all 2 author pictures)

Improve this author

Combine/separate works

Author division

Jane Jacobs is currently considered a "single author." If one or more works are by a distinct, homonymous authors, go ahead and split the author.


Jane Jacobs is composed of 6 names. You can examine and separate out names.

Combine with…


About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 174,113,051 books! | Top bar: Always visible