“A fantastic read for a number of reasons. First of all, Jacobs states her thesis (people and their vibrant lifestyles are what make cities great) early and lays everything out in supremely organized fashion. Secondly, her ideas are solid and she backs them up well with illustrations and examples. Thirdly, she's an incredible writer. This is a book on the subject of urban planning, which could admittedly be a dry read, yet she makes it inviting. She's got an easy-to-read cadence and doesn't shy away from making things simple and fun when called for. Her passion for the subject really shines through; she exudes confidence.
My only complaint is that she likely could have written this in about half the number of pages. She's got a real thing for redundancy, hammering away at a point until it's almost too much. ”