- Born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, 1916
- Moved to Greenwich Village in New York City, 1928
- Associate editor of Architectural Forum, 1952
- She wrote The Death and Life of American Cities, 1961
- In 1962, she was Chairperson of the Joint Committee to Stop the Lower Manhattan Expressway.
- Protesting the Vietnam War, she and her family emigrated to Toronto, Canada in1968, where she continued to work as an urban activist.
- She died in Toronto, in 2006 at the age of 90.