Walking in the City with Jane ; A Story of Jane Jacobs Hardcover – 4 Mar 2018
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Susan Hughes an award-winning author, whose books for children include Case Closed?, No Girls Allowed, Earth to Audrey and Maggie McGillicuddy's Eye for Trouble. Susan lives in Toronto, Ontario.Val rie Boivin is a freelance illustrator with a degree in graphic design from Laval University. Her work can be found in children's books and magazines. She lives in Quebec City.
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Even as a child, Jane was curious and observant about how things work. When she moved to New York, she watched the city and noticed things most people don't. As she explored her new home, she realized that just like the natural ecosystem, "a city is also an ecosystem. . . . It is made of different parts--sidewalks, parks, stores, neighborhoods, City Hall . . . and people of course. When they all work together, the city is healthy." Watching the people in a city was like watching a "sidewalk ballet."
Her perspective is so refreshing. Putting people ahead of cars--what a concept. On multiple occasions she led her neighbors in successfully resisting plans to tear down neighborhoods for highways. If only more neighborhoods had Jane Jacobs! Take a drive around Detroit, Chicago, Miami, Dallas, Atlanta, or virtually any big city and you will see remnants of neighborhoods that were irreversibly damaged due to heavy-handed urban planning. The highway interchanges and crumbling housing projects mutely testify to the social fabric that was shredded. Jacobs's voice, when unheeded, was sorely missed.
Walking in the City with Jane is wonderfully, nostalgically illustrated by Valérie Boivin. At worst, the book will introduce readers to a remarkable lady and help them be more aware of the city in which they live. At best, it will inspire them to learn more about Jacobs and be a voice for putting people first in their communities.
Thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for the complimentary electronic review copy!
Jane starts out rebellious, and never looks back. She learns that to keep the city alive, and vibrant, it is important to have parks and not expressways, and works hard to keep the parks going in first New York City, and then later in Toronto.
The art is lovely, as shown below.
Sometimes the text was a little silly, such as slipping in her marriage by having them talk about the city, but hey, it works.
What a lovely, colorful book to introduce kids to the world of activism, and show how it can be done, if you fight long and hard enough.
Thanks to Netgalley for making this book available for an honest review.
"Throughout her lifetime and beyond, Jane Jacobs urged city planners to make cities better for the people living in them. She inspired communities to take a stand..She also encouraged everyone living in cities to look around..." Good advice and a good book!
Thanks NetGalley and the publisher.