Many of the changes that Jane Jacobs predicted in her much-criticized final book are coming true, submits Richard Florida, editor-at-large at CityLab. He opines:
Early on, Jacobs identified the increasingly important role of cities in innovation and economic development. But urbanism was not the only subject on which she proved prescient. In her last book, Dark Age Ahead, she also predicted some of the more negative and destructive trends of modern society—rising inequality, the erosion and decay of key social institutions, the downsides of globalization—that have paved the way for demagogues like Donald Trump.
Florida proffers a new look at Dark Age Ahead and Jacobs on what would have been her 100th birthday.