The Death and Life of Great American Cities Setting & Symbolism

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North End of Boston

The North End area of Boston is used by Jacobs as an example of what's wrong with the theory in public planning. The North End area is a slum, but its businesses and housing owners plow their revenues back into the community to redevelop the area. Jacobs visits the area and finds a rehabilitated, redeveloped and thriving community, yet the area does not qualify for large amounts of bank loans because it is classified as a slum. Jacobs claims this area is evident of what is wrong with the theory of city planning.

City Sidewalks and Streets

Sidewalks and streets function as a place of movement for vehicles and people, but additionally, the safety element must be taken into consideration. A city is considered unsafe when its citizens don't feel safe on its streets and sidewalks. What makes the streets safe are the surveillance...

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