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Genius of Common Sense: The Story of Jane Jacobs and The Death and Life of Great American Cities
Written & illustrated by Glenna Lang & Marjory Wunsch

David R. Godine, Publisher

"Sidewalk ballet with hopscotch players, 1950s" from
Chapter Eight: An Attack on City Planning

Praise for Genius of Comon Sense:
What a wonderful idea -- a biography of the urban visionary Jane Jacobs for young people, so they could be sensitized to her powerful teachings early and feel their whole lives touched by them.
—STEVE GODDARD, History Wire

This is the story of a remarkable woman … who single-handedly changed the way America viewed its cities…. From Jacobs's beginnings in Scranton, PA, it was clear that this inquisitive, sometimes obstreperous girl had plans for her future…. Lang and Wunsch are to be commended for introducing a fascinating female role model. Excellent notes and a good index enhance the title's usefulness.
—BETTY S. EVANS, School Library Journal

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