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In den 1950s, city planner Robert Moses had big plans for New York: run-down quarters would be flattened and replaced with mega-blocks designed with modernistic ideals in mind. That these plans came to nothing is down to a Canadian author and proto-urbanist called Jane Jacobs, who organized the resistance. As she saw it, cities would not become more attractive places to live through megalomanic architecture, but rather through small, organic neighbourhoods and active use of public spaces. The battle for the "good city" between Jacobs and Moses was the first in a long series of conflicts that are still going on today.