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Jane Jacobs and the Digital City

In his otherwise dismissive New Yorker review of Jane Jacobs’ 1962 Death and Life of Great American Cities (“Mother Jacobs’ Home Remedies”), Lewis Mumford allowed that Jacobs represented “a new kind of ‘expert,’ very refreshing in current planning circles where minds unduly fascinated by computers carefully confine themselves to asking only the kind of question that computers can answer…”