Jane Jacobs Changed How We Build Cities
Urban planners wanted to tear down what they called "slums" in the 1960s, but activist and author Jane Jacobs fought them and won.By Michael McCarthy | May 4, 2016
You may not know Jane Jacobs, but on Wednesday, Google and the world honored the journalist and activist who's credited with saving lively neighborhoods.
In the 1960s, many American urban planners wanted to raze slums for new towering complexes. Jacobs, who didn't know much about urban planning, disagreed.
"They didn't look at all the way — at all — they should have looked, they didn't work at all the way they should have worked. People didn't use them the way presumably people were supposed to use them," Jacobs said.