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The Death and Life of Great Italian Cities

Abstract: The Death and Life of Great American Cities was written in 1961 and is now one of the most influential book in city planning. In it, Jane Jacobs proposed four conditions that promote life in a city. However, these conditions have not been empirically tested until recently. This is mainly because it is hard…

Jane Jacobs as Spontaneous Order Theorist

H/T to Sanford Ikeda (click image for podcast). Sandy (with Gene Callahan) has written on this topic for C+T (issue 1:3): “Jane Jacobs’ Critique of Rationalism in Urban Planning”. Austrian Economicscitiescosmos & taxisEconomicseconomics detectiveemergent orderGene CallahanJane JacobsPierre DesrochersrationalismSanford IkedaSpontaneous order

Jane Jacobs and New Orleans

Jane Jacobs is a name us spontaneous order types like to invoke. Here she is referenced in connection with the new documentary by Jonathan Demme entitled  ‘I’m Carolyn Parker’, the protagonist being: resident of the Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans and the subject of Jonathan Demme’s marvelous new documentary, as an indispensable “public character.”…

The Spatial Market Process

My chum David Emanuel Andersson has just had this edited collection published. Here is an excerpt from his intro: In what is perhaps the best-known article in the history of the Austrian school, Friedrich Hayek (1945) asserts that market prices distill and thus reflect the unique local knowledge of a multitude of individuals, each of whom…