Jane Jacobs

1916 - 2006

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Jane Jacobs (née Butzner; May 4, 1916 – April 25, 2006) was an American-Canadian journalist, author, theorist, and activist who influenced urban studies, sociology, and economics. Her book, The Death and Life of Great American Cities (1961), argued that "urban renewal" and "slum clearance" did not respect the needs of city-dwellers.Jacobs organized grassroots efforts to protect neighborhoods from "urban renewal" and "slum clearance", in particular, plans by Robert Moses to overhaul her own Greenwich Village neighborhood. She was instrumental in the eventual cancellation of the Lower Manhattan Expressway, which would have passed directly through an area of Manhattan that later became known as SoHo, as well as part of Little Italy and Chinatown. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jane Jacobs has received more than 1,846,915 page views. Her biography is available in 30 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 28 in 2019). Jane Jacobs is the 1,491st most popular writer (up from 1,572nd in 2019), the 1,829th most popular biography from United States (down from 1,816th in 2019) and the 172nd most popular American Writer.

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Among writers, Jane Jacobs ranks 1,491 out of 5,794Before her are Karl Heinrich Ulrichs, Sławomir Mrożek, Elvira Madigan, Quintus Smyrnaeus, Seamus Heaney, and Surdas. After her are Diagoras of Melos, Ibn al-Khatib, Samuel R. Delany, Chikamatsu Monzaemon, Naim Frashëri, and Juan Marsé.

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Among people born in 1916, Jane Jacobs ranks 69Before her are Lilian, Princess of Réthy, Georg Henrik von Wright, Léo Ferré, Kristján Eldjárn, Carl Johan Bernadotte, and Hassan Gouled Aptidon. After her are Luis Corvalán, Archduke Felix of Austria, Rafael Caldera, Bernard Blier, Giorgio Bassani, and James B. Donovan. Among people deceased in 2006, Jane Jacobs ranks 73Before her are Paul Marcinkus, Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Reinhart Koselleck, Shamil Basayev, Allan Kaprow, and Hassan Gouled Aptidon. After her are James Van Allen, Dürrüşehvar Sultan, Pierre Clostermann, Jack Warden, Ryutaro Hashimoto, and Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Jane Jacobs ranks 1,829 out of 15,968Before her are Vannevar Bush (1890), Asa Griggs Candler (1851), Don Ameche (1908), Benjamin Spock (1903), Saul Kripke (1940), and Thomas A. Steitz (1940). After her are John O'Keefe (1939), Lou Gehrig (1903), Nettie Stevens (1861), Al Oerter (1936), Mike Powell (1963), and Steve Vai (1960).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, Jane Jacobs ranks 172Before her are Wayne Dyer (1940), Martin Gardner (1914), Jim Thompson (1906), Bob Woodward (1943), Nicholas Sparks (1965), and Philip José Farmer (1918). After her are Samuel R. Delany (1942), Robert Wilson (1941), Patricia Cornwell (1956), Donald E. Westlake (1933), Marilyn vos Savant (1946), and Natalie Clifford Barney (1876).