I hope any reader of this book will constantly and skeptically test what I say against his own knowledge of cities and their behavior. (p16)
This type of statement is common by influential people in any field, here I like how Jacobs words it – it’s direct. She doesn’t ask for people to build on her theories, to rearrange her work as the backdrop, or as the perspective to view ‘city planning’. She phrases it so her view mingles with other views among the perspective of the city that is, and this will build the field of city planning from multiple valid perspectives.
A complex perspective is more of a liberation than a shift.