A new book about Jane Jacobs

The Death and Life of Great American Cities remains one of the most remarkable books ever written. If you haven’t read it, you must. It is not dating in any important way.

I came late to Jacobs, after I discovered that John Kay, Robert Lucas, Martin Wolf and many other people who you might think had no opinion about her all thought she was quite brilliant.

I’ve been sent a book titled “What We See: Advancing the Observations of Jane Jacobs”. Interesting. The book is a series of essays; contributors include Saskia Sassen. There are some economists involved but not names I had yet encountered. It looks essential reading for serious scholars of Jacobs. Here is Seth Roberts on the book.

Here are two of my columns mentioning Jane Jacobs, who also features in The Logic of Life.

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Tim, also known as the Undercover Economist, writes about the economics of everyday life.