“JAcobs writes as one who loves (and loves to tell) experience that the physical fabric of the city affords. He has produced a pleasurable and immensely useful book that, like Rasmussen's Town's and Buildings, will be cherished by its readers, but one which leaves the reader with more than impressions and insights and the charm of lovely drawings. It provides a wide range of immediately useful information to those who wish to study, design and revitalize streets; a compendium of dimensions and observations about streets from many parts of the world, information that is not available in a comparative form anywhere else.”
—Donlyn Lyndon, FAIA, Lyndon/Buchanan Associates
“Jacobs range is catholic, intellligent, and encyclopedic. The mixture of readable narrative in relaxed articulate English, clear diagrams and attractive sketches, with statistics and good references and notes is unusually effective. The quantitative and comparative data is absolutely fresh and useful - a true contribution to the literature in cities and urban deisgn.”
—Laurie D. Olin, Hanna/Olin, Ltd.