Motivation In North America

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The growth in popularity lead to the establishment and growth in commonality of advocacy consulting firms, community groups, and university planning departments such as the advocacy firm Urban Planning Aid or the Pratt Institute’s Center for Community and Environmental Development . Overall, Jacobs’ influence in community advocacy “showed people around the country that they could fight the urban renewal bulldozer—and win” when empowered enough by the advocacy groups .
Again, even though Jacobs did not touch on the topic of social stratifications and prejudice in North American cities, her influence in the growing popularity of advocacy firms in North America helped to alleviate the gentrification problems caused by the urban renewal movement
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Taking a more philosophical side as to why people move the way they do when they live in cities, Jacobs explored “what is the morality that keeps these cities going” in her book Systems of Survival. Her book questioned cities places “in the grand scheme of things, in nature, and how our economies fit with nature” with a, once again, ecological minded perspective towards economies, people, and their natural or human made surroundings . At first she viewed cities through the way people interact with each other and go throughout them. Then, starting in the late 80s and early 90s, Jacobs deepened her perspective on peoples interactions with cities to involve the morals involved in the way people interact in the city, the morals involved in their distribution and the morals involved with companies and industries in the cities as she reflects on it in her 1992 book Systems of Survival . As she thought about the morality involved in city life, she began to integrate her ideas to develop theories about urban planning because she believed that her planning theories would “work much better than thinking by myself how things ought to be,” using the city’s dwellers moral values based on data she collected by simply having conversations with pedestrians on the streets . As she did early in her career, Jacobs based her new theories and philosophy on the cultural dialogue of towns, admirably sticking with the people-oriented …show more content…
Since then there has been a long list of tributes and support for her work as well as moved many city dwellers to be involved in the health of the development of their cities . Her most famous piece, The Death and Life of Great American Cities lives on to serve as “her hymns to active American neighborhoods” since she changed the course of development of them simply by writing about her planning theories and making them something that any secular citizen, not even in North America, but in every country that had access to a translated version of her work . Loving Toronto’s “livability and urbanity,” anybody can see Jacobsean blocks that include diverse parks serving dogs, kids, sunbathers, students on their laptops, and even the homeless . In other Toronto neighborhoods you can see “densely-packed old and new buildings” with many kinds of different routes to get through town that encourages exploration and walkability . Toronto also reflects being home of Jacobs on its main Bloor Street that is home to local family owned retail stores and restaurants that face the block and is always lively with diverse types of pedestrians, from workmen, to shoppers, students, to mothers and was only one block from her Toronto home . Jacobs lived a good amount of her adult life in Toronto, but also greatly impacted the state of New York well before that where she became the “Charles Darwin of the city”

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