Jane Jacobs on height

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"I think the specific scheme of diversity zoning, or the specific combination of schemes, that an outstandingly successful city locality requires is likely to differ with the locality... A park being surrounded by intensive duplications of tall offices or apartments might well be zoned for lower buildings along its south side in particular, thus accomplishing two useful purposes at one stroke: preserving the park's supply of winter sun, and protecting indirectly , to some extent at least, its diversity of surrounding uses." (Death and Life, p. 253).

These words don't sound like those of someone who was opposed to tall buildings.  Rather, they read to me like the words of someone who opposed a monoculture of tall buildings, but didn't mind them as part of a diverse urban neighborhood. 


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