Jane Jacobs: Champion of Cities, Champion of People
I'm thrilled to announce that Lauren Hooker of Seven Stories Press has acquired my forthcoming Young Adult biography on the life of Jane Jacobs, the visionary urbanist and thinker who transformed the way we inhabit and develop our cities. Jane's story will join the Young People's Series published by Seven Stories Press for their Triangle Square Books for Young Readers imprint, with distribution by Penguin Random House. My amazing agent Bibi Lewis brokered the deal with unwavering enthusiasm and bookish brilliance. (Our year and a half journey together from signing to book deal has been an eye-opener into the world of publishing and another story for another day, but suffice it to say that Bibi is the real deal.) It is an honor to bring Jane's story to young people: our future leaders, placemakers, and climate activists. I cannot wait to get to work!
A bit more about Jane Jacobs and this book…
Jane Jacobs was a writer, thinker, urbanist, and organizer who believed in the value and power of cities, and more importantly, about the people who live in them. She devoted her life and work to fighting urban expressway projects, exclusionary and segregated housing developments, and the displacement of thousands of families from their homes and communities. In the 60’s, she organized alongside neighbors against power-hungry developers, including the infamous Robert Moses. Moses had a grand plan for New York that included the demolition of neighborhoods of black people, people of color, and immigrants — many of the same people who were shut-out of American home-ownership through the racist practice of redlining and mortgage discrimination. These were ongoing battles that waged on for years while Jane penned her greatest work, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, later described as “the bible of city planning.”
This biography will bring Jane's legacy to the 21st century by introducing young people to the leading urbanists and placemakers who are actively working today toward housing affordability, car-free and car-lite transportation and mobility, climate justice and equity in public space.
I’m honored to share Jane’s story with young readers — our future leaders — who soon be responsible for reshaping the way we live in and develop our places for the long-term in the face of our global climate crisis.
Are you a teacher, educator, librarian, parent, inspirational auntie or uncle, or champion of young people? Are you an urbanist, planner or placemaker?
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