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The Live and Let Live Approach

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On second thought, maybe plans are the problem. In a 2006 essay, another architecture critic writing about late author Jane Jacobs says her foremost lesson in city planning is that "we should try to understand what makes cities work organically and to think of them as natural systems that should be nurtured, not stymied." He also notes that the demise of a Lower Manhattan Expressway, "in which Jacobs played no small role, ranks, along with the decision to halt the construction of the Embarcadero Freeway in San Francisco, as a turning point in the evolution of American attitudes toward cities." [American Scholar, via District 5 Diary]