It is with great sadness that Torontoist reports the death of Torontonian Jane Jacobs. The 89-year old writer and urban critic passed away this morning.
Most famous for her book The Death and Life of Great American Cities, Jacobs had been a resident of Toronto since 1968, immediately became involved in important city activism, she was instrumental in the “Stop the Spadina Expressway” campaign (we got the Spadina subway line instead), and she supported mayoral candidates Tooker Goomberg and David Miller.
She was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1996 and her most recent book Dark Age Ahead (2004), was deemed important enough to be the subject of three seperate reviews in the same issue of the Literary Review of Canada.
You can read the CBC article here, Toronto Star article here, and the Globe and Mail article here. Her Wikipedia entry (with a full list of her books) is here.