In this analysis of Jane Jacobs’s ideas and work, Alice Sparberg Alexiou tells the remarkable story of a woman who without any formal training in planning became a prominent spokesperson for sensible urban change.
"A necessary look into Jacobs' thought and influence, equally admiring of both the flawed and the fantastic in her writing."--Fast Forward Weekly (Calgary)
The Flatiron: The New York Landmark and the Incomparable City That Arose With It (St. Martin's/Thomas Dunne, 2010)
Critics hated it. The public feared it would topple over. Passersby were knocked down by the winds. But even before it was completed, the Flatiron Building had become an unforgettable part of New York City.
"Alexiou—a native New Yorker and the granddaughter of a man who for a time owned the Flatiron Building in partnership with Harry Helmsley—has written an engaging and informative account of the building's construction and its lasting place in New York's lore."–Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post