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Cities Demanding the EarthA New Understanding of the Climate Emergency$
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Peter Taylor, Geoff O'Brien, and Phil O'Keefe

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781529210477

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781529210477.001.0001

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Alternate: Jane Jacobs’ legacy

Alternate: Jane Jacobs’ legacy

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Cities Demanding the Earth

Peter J. Taylor

Geoff O’Brien

Phil O’Keefe

Policy Press

This chapter provides a description of Jane Jacobs’ legacy beyond her famous intervention into city planning. Five aspects of her work are highlighted. First and foremost she was a knowledge builder, harnessing a voracious curiosity to understand the complexity of the human condition. The most auspicious outcome has been her revision of economics identifying city economies as the loci of economic growth. She made further unusual forays into history – contesting power to eliminate complexity – and politics where her bottom-up approach had drawn admiration from both the right and left. She brought this altogether towards the end of her life as a new understanding of economics as ecology. The chapter concludes with a critical appraisal of her treatment of urban demand – crucial to the argument of this book – and links Jacob’s oeuvre to the work of multiple other radical scholars to aid the process of unthinking.

Keywords:   City economies, Economics as ecology, Jane Jacobs, Urban demand

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