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Reading Response



Quotefrom chapter 1

“Whatkinds of city streets are safe and what kinds are not?” This quoteis insightful since it focuses on the security in streets. This quoteis necessary since it emphasizes on neighborhoods that people chooseto reside. The choice of residential houses determines a person’ssafety. This issue is striking since it provides the foundation ofsafety and security in urban centers. In my view, this quote bringsto light some issues that are rather avoided and not given utmostconsideration. In most instances, there is a tendency to overlook thesecurity of the place that one wants to reside (Jacobs, 1989).

Quotefrom chapter 3

“Thisjudgment represents a profound misunderstanding of cities.” Thisquote is a representation of life in the city. People walk in thestreets of cities and this is seen as unusual. The argument that lifefor people who walk in the streets live a deplorable life is amisconception. The social life in the streets ensures that people ofvarious walks of life come together. I choose this quote because itexplains the diversity of life in the city (Jacobs, 1989).

Quotefrom chapter 5

“Parksare volatile places.” This quote implies that neighborhood parksare characterized by unpopularity, as well as popularity. Most parkshave the tendency to experience violence. When planners carry outurban planning, they do not consider how parks should be arranged.This leads to the deplorable state of parks. This quote does not givea comprehensive description of parks since there are some parks thattend to be better than others (Jacobs, 1989).

Quotefrom chapter 6

“Neighborhoodis harmful to city planning.” I chose this quote because it gives adescription of the problems that city neighborhoods experience. Inthe United States and other parts of the world, neighborhoods face alot of problems and they also prove to be challenging for cityplanners (Jacobs, 1989).


Jacobs,J. (1989). Thedeath and life of great American cities.New York: Vintage Books.