The first major biography of the irrepressible woman who changed the way we view and live in cities, and whose influence can still be felt in any discussion of urban planning to this day.
Eyes on the Street is a revelation of the phenomenal woman who raised three children, wrote seven groundbreaking books, saved neighborhoods, stopped expressways, was arrested twice, and engaged at home and on the streets in thousands of debates--all of which she won. Here is the child who challenged her third-grade teacher; the high school poet; the journalist who honed her writing skills at Iron Age, Architectural Forum, Fortune, and other outlets, while amassing the knowledge she would draw upon to write her most famous book, The Death and Life of Great American Cities. Here, too, is the activist who helped lead an ultimately successful protest against Robert Moses's proposed expressway through her beloved Greenwich Village; and who, in order to keep her sons out of the Vietnam War, moved to Canada, where she became as well known and admired as she was in the United States.
From the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Robert Kanigel is the author of seven previous books. He has been the recipient of numerous awards, including a Guggenheim fellowship and the Grady-Stack Award for science writing. His book The Man Who Knew Infinity was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. For twelve years he was a professor of science writing at M.I.T. He and his wife now live in Baltimore, Maryland, and he writes full time.
Best Books of the Year, NPR
Top Ten Art Books of the Year, Booklist
Top Ten Architecture Books of the Year, World Architecture
Longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Nonfiction
"A powerful and all too rare biography of the making of a female public intellectual. . . . Thrilling."--Fresh Air (NPR)
"Kanigel has written the definitive Jacobs biography . . . in prose that is as lively as her own." --The Washington Post
"Sparkling. . . . Magisterial. . . . An exhaustively researched, beautifully rendered tale, revealing the human contours of a vigorous, original mind." --Minneapolis Star Tribune
"A portrait emerges of an independent heroine who stepped into an arena dominated by men. She was Betty Friedan, Rachel Carson, and Erin Brockovich all rolled into one." --Boston Globe
"[Kanigel delivers] fast-paced and nuanced storytelling in a crisp prose style that engages the reader. . . . This most complete biography of Jane Jacobs to date is a treat to read." --The New York Journal of Books
"Zestfully illuminating and entertaining . . . Kanigel's delight in his subject . . . shimmers on every page." --Booklist (starred review)
"[Jane Jacobs] was great, and Kanigel gives her the great biography she deserves." --Edward Glaeser, The American Scholar