Quotation by Jane Jacobs

What if we fail to stop the erosion of cities by automobiles?... In that case America will hardly need to ponder a mystery that has troubled men for millennia: What is the purpose of life? For us, the answer will be clear, established and for all practical purposes indisputable: The purpose of life is to produce and consume automobiles.
Jane Jacobs (b. 1916), U.S. urban analyst. The Death and Life of Great American Cities, ch. 18 (1961).

Jacobs lived in the lively, diverse Greenwich Village section of Manhattan (New York City).
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