Jane Jacobs


Jane Jacobs

School of General Studies

Columbia University

116th St & Broadway
New York, NY 10027


Local Economies

By dissecting how cities and their economies emerge and grow, Jacobs cast new light on the nature of local economies. She contested the assumptions that cities are a product of agricultural advancement; that specialized, highly efficient economies fuel long-term growth; and that large, stable businesses are the best sources of innovation. Instead, she developed a model of local economic development based on adding new types of work to old, promoting small businesses, and supporting the creative impulses of urban entrepreneurs. [Project for Public Spaces](https://www.pps.org/reference/jjacobs-2/)