Darkness on the Edge of Town

Urging caution, but not despair, Jane Jacobs sits down to talk about education and Empire

Peter Schneider
Published: Wednesday, 05/19/2004 12:00 am EDT

Visiting Ottawa last week on a rare press tour, the venerable social critic and activist Jane Jacobs set time aside to talk to Embassy in her suite at the Château Laurier; the elegant rooms had served for many years as the apartment residence of photographer Yousuf Karsh, and Jacobs was actively gathering information about the suite's history and former occupants as the interview began. Such is the nature of her mind, always curious, always making connections and offhand observations, that Jacobs is able to make the weightiest matters seem like play.

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