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25-Apr-06 - Jane Jacobs died today. Born and matured (without much formal education) in the U.S., she and her husband moved to Toronto in 1968 to dodge the Vietnam draft - they had draft age sons. Before she came to Canada, according to Robert Caro, the biographer of unstoppable super bureaucrat Robert Moses, Jacobs brought Moses' pet project, the Lower Manhattan Expressway, to a grinding stop. In Toronto she stopped entrenched traffic engineers and auto lobbyists from finishing the Spadina Expressway Project, an asphalt behemoth designed to uglifiy an already ugly city. Jacobs succeeded by going down to street level, watching and listening how real neighbourhoods work, what real people want, standing up to experts and ivory tower academics. Jacobs hated analism - the natural fertilizer of conscienceless corporations, ivy league degree mills, junk scientists, gluttonous bureaucrats, greedy "professionals".

Anal industrialists, anal college administrators, anal engineers, anal governments, anal accountants, claimed Jacobs in her most recent Dark Age Ahead, were driving western civilization back into a new "dark age" reminiscent of Planet of the Apes - like Europe after the fall of the Roman Empire - like a defeated aboriginal tribe. No history - lives short and brutal - Jacobs quoted two French archaeologists who exhumed the skeletons of Dark Age European peasants:

"...half starved .. chronic malnourishment ... chafing of the teeth ... indicates a grass-eating people, rickets ... and overwhelming preponderance of people who died young ... lack of food grows worse ... great famine(s) ... people who eat dirt and sell human skin ... little or no metal; iron is reserved for weapons."

To see for yourself ... walk down the streets of Pincher Creek or Calgary.

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