The Death and Life of Great American Cities

Image of book cover, "The Death and Life of Great American Cities" by Jane Jacobs

Join facilitators John Passmore (Interior Design) and Deborah Leblang (Art) to discuss Jane Jacobs’ influential book “The Death and Life of Great American Cities” and the recent documentary “Citizen Jane: Battle for the City.” Both the book and the film provide a scathing critique of mid-century urban renewal policy, as well as offer a positive framework for thriving neighborhoods. We will consider ideas like what makes city streets safe or unsafe, why some urban neighborhoods remain impoverished while others regenerate themselves, and the vital role of diversity. These issues will be discussed in the context of climate justice in our current era of climate crisis. 

10 PD Hours, 15 seats maximum. Register today to join this book discussion.

Book provided to participants at no cost. Books are available for pick up on campus by faculty participants. If pick up from campus is not possible, books can be mailed to faculty.

Reach out to John Passmore or Deborah Leblang for more information.  

Last Updated August 14, 2023