I’ll leave it to others much smarter, wiser, and more educated than I (I couldn’t get through her book, to tell you the truth) to sum up the life of Jane Jacobs, who died today, but I found this, from today’s New York Times, too precious to ignore.

Ms. Jacobs became a beloved intellectual pioneer characterized by a dumpling face, sneakers, an impish smile, bangs and owlish glasses. But Roger Starr, a former New York City housing administrator and sometime opponent of Ms. Jacobs, keenly noted the steel just beneath her folksiness.

“What a dear, sweet character she isn’t,” he said.

I’m sure even she got a chuckle from that.

More on Jane Jacobs:

Wikipedia entry

New York Times appreciation / obituary

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