A review of two books about Jane Jacobs (1916 – 2006) appears in the July 31, 2009 of City Journal Magazine. Howard Husock of the Manhattan Institute wrote the review and it is available at: http://www.city-journal.org/2009/bc0731hh.html .
The books are:
Wrestling with Moses: How Jane Jacobs Took on New York’s Master Builder and Transformed the American City, by Anthony Flint (Random House, 256 pp., $27)
Genius of Common Sense: Jane Jacobs and the Story of The Death and Life of Great American Cities, by Glenna Lang and Marjory Wunsch (David R. Godine, 128 pp., $17.95)
A Wikipedia article about Mrs. Jacobs is available at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jane_Jacobs . She is best known as the author of The Death and Life of Great American Cities (New York; Random House, 1961), a critique of the urban renewal as practiced in the 1950s in the United States.
Dwight Gardner's review of Anthony Flint's book about Jance Jacobs appeared in the New York Times on August 5, 2009.