Jane Jacobs


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Jane Jacobs


School of General Studies


Columbia University


116th St & Broadway
New York, NY 10027


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Jacobs contested the traditional planning approach that relies on the judgment of outside experts, proposing that local expertise is better suited to guiding community development. She based her writing on empirical experience and observation, noting how the prescribed government policies for planning and development are usually inconsistent with the real-life functioning of city neighborhoods. [Project for Public Spaces](https://www.pps.org/reference/jjacobs-2/)