The Death And Life Of Great American Cities And E.b

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The silence is deafening. Other than the occasional screech of a cat fighting with a raccoon, there is no sign of human life. The nighttime is no time for neighborhood adventures, there is no one to save you from the dangers that lurk around every corner. Here, there are never any witnesses to avenge the victims of horrific crimes. A couple of weeks ago there was string of arson attacks; I watched the flames rise from the house across the way. I observed all the residents on the block as they stood outside asking each other, “Did anyone see anything?” After several weeks of investigation the answer always seemed to be no. Jane Jacobs’ The Death and Life of Great American Cities and E.B. White’s Here is New York are writings that both…show more content…
A general trust between neighbors and help from storekeepers allows for the protection of residents of the neighborhood and the continuous flow of strangers. Jacobs illustrates this point when she writes about an incident in her old neighborhood. One day an incident attracted her attention, she watched from second-floor window as, what looked like, a struggle between a man and little girl. It seemed as though the man was trying to convince the young girl to go with him. Just as Jacobs was thinking of how to intervene she saw that it might not be necessary. “From the butcher shop beneath the tenement had emerged the woman who, with her husband, runs the shop; she was standing within earshot of the man, her arms folded…” (39). Once the storeowner stepped out this started a chain reaction of storeowners and residents standing outside watching making sure the girl was safe. This sidewalk was public and allowed people to witness what potentially could have been a kidnapping. Applying Jacobs’ theory to my neighborhood would significantly increase the safety. Jacobs’ example of her neighborhood looking out for a young girl is used to illustrate how proper use of private and public is beneficial for the people of the city. Unlike Jacobs, there are few places in my neighborhood that can offer that type of defense that was shown on her street. The streets of Midwood, Brooklyn are in abundance of dead

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