Having moved to New York City during the Depression, Jane Jacobs, OC, O. Ont, (b.1916 in Scranton, PA - d.2006 in Toronto) was way ahead of her time in championing the idea that cities are more important than nations in the "real economic world". Cities should not be laboratories for ill-placed expressways and housing projects but left to develop by themselves.
In 1968, Jacobs moved to Toronto, where she lived until her death. She quickly became a leading figure in her new city and helped stop the proposed Spadina Expressway. She also had considerable influence on the regeneration of the St. Lawrence neighborhood, a housing project regarded as a major success. She became a Canadian citizen in 1974.
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