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OHA Book Club – “Eyes on the Street: The Life of Jane Jacobs”
September 21, 2019 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Eyes on the Street: The Life of Jane Jacobs by Robert Kanigel. Ms. Jacobs was a writer and urban planning activist in NYC. She wrote The Death and Life of Great American Cities.
The first major biography of the irrepressible woman who changed the way we view and live in cities, and whose influence is felt to this day.
Jane Jacobs was a phenomenal woman who wrote seven groundbreaking books, saved neighborhoods, stopped expressways, was arrested twice, and engaged in thousands of impassioned debates—all of which she won. Robert Kanigel’s revelatory portrait of Jacobs, based on new sources and interviews, brings to life the child who challenged her third-grade teacher; the high school poet; the mother who raised three children; the journalist who honed her skills at Architectural Forum and Fortune before writing her most famous book, The Death and Life of Great American Cities; and the activist who helped lead a successful protest against Robert Moses’s proposed expressway through her beloved Greenwich Village.