It is Jane Jacobs’s 100th birthday and she is deservedly being widely celebrated. But in many cases by people who have not read her books. She is evoked in support of liberalism, but her economics were anything but.
In The Economy of Cities she shows that economic planning leads to stagnation, while a free market economy can lead to vitality. In The Nature of Economies she shows the parallels between economies and ecosystems, with planned economies like cultivation. And in Dark Age Ahead she laments the disintegration of our culture, starting with the family.
So let’s celebrate Jane Jacobs, but let’s at the same time read her amazing books.