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Jane Jacobs

1916 - 2006

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Jane Jacobs (née Butzner; 4 May 1916 – 25 April 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 2,018,604 page views. Her biography is available in 32 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 30 in 2019). Jane Jacobs is the 1,633rd most popular writer (down from 1,491st in 2019), the 2,118th most popular biography from United States (down from 1,828th in 2019) and the 197th most popular American Writer.

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Among writers, Jane Jacobs ranks 1,633 out of 5,755Before her are Tanya Savicheva, Olaus Petri, Raul Hilberg, Archestratus, Watchman Nee, and Mikhail Zoshchenko. After her are Xenophon of Ephesus, Lajos Zilahy, Juan Donoso Cortés, Lady Randolph Churchill, Vladimir Posner, and Ted Hughes.

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Among people born in 1916, Jane Jacobs ranks 75Before her are Carl Johan Bernadotte, Pérez Prado, Giorgio Bassani, Ernst Wilimowski, Mercedes McCambridge, and Stjepan Filipović. After her are Moondog, Elisabeth Noelle-Neumann, Constantin Virgil Gheorghiu, Luis Corvalán, Hamani Diori, and Archduke Felix of Austria. Among people deceased in 2006, Jane Jacobs ranks 83Before her are David Bronstein, Paul Marcinkus, Billy Preston, Telê Santana, Sven Nykvist, and Peter Benchley. After her are Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Jack Warden, Pramoedya Ananta Toer, Walerian Borowczyk, Robert Plutchik, and Peter Norman.

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Among people born in United States, Jane Jacobs ranks 2,118 out of 18,182Before her are Frank Bunker Gilbreth Sr. (1868), Leonard Kleinrock (1934), Karl Guthe Jansky (1905), Frank Jack Fletcher (1885), Henrietta Lacks (1920), and Saul Bass (1920). After her are Kevin Mitnick (1963), Michael Emerson (1954), Paul Revere (1735), Roberta Flack (1937), Dudley R. Herschbach (1932), and Sojourner Truth (1797).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, Jane Jacobs ranks 197Before her are James Ellroy (1948), Walter Tevis (1928), Agnes Smedley (1892), Ken Wilber (1949), Eugene Nida (1914), and Peter Benchley (1940). After her are Lady Randolph Churchill (1854), Eric Carle (1929), Terry Brooks (1944), E. E. Cummings (1894), Richard Brautigan (1935), and Langston Hughes (1902).