Celebrated author, urban activist Jane Jacobs dead at age 89
Published: Tuesday, April 25, 2006
TORONTO — Influential urban thinker and celebrated author Jane Jacobs has died at age 89.
She would have been 90 next week. Jacobs wrote frequently about the dangers of urban sprawl, as well as the car and its impact on modern society.
Former Toronto mayor John Sewell knew the white-haired author well and said he had lunch with her frequently over the past four or five years.
“She was very straightforward, very curious about the world. She was always saying ‘what’s going on?’, ‘so what’s the news?’ ‘what have you been doing?’ Just so curious about how things worked. That to me was just a very endearing trait,” he said Tuesday.
Born and raised in the United States, Jacobs and her husband Bob – who died in 1996 – lived in Manhattan for many years.
While there, Jacobs successfully led a fight against a proposed expressway through New York City’s Washington Square
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