Jane Jacobs

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Jane Jacobs is a pioneer of urban economics and moral politics. Her defense of urban autonomy and even urban secession are based on her view that the conceptual metaphors of urban culture and rural culture differ drastically. Some consider this view to be part of a larger theory of biomimicry, secession and the divergence of developed nations' peoples from developing nation's peoples as a consequence of urbanism. Jacobs' activism had profound influence on Manhattan and on Toronto. She is considered the foremost urbanist of the human species.

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