“Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.”
— Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities
The acclaimed documentary, Citizen Jane: Battle For The City,chronicles activist Jane Jacobs' battles with developers who threatened to demolish New York City's most historic neighborhoods and offers a lesson in the power of the average person to push back.
The film highlights Jane Jacobs’ magisterial 1961 book, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, which begins, "This book is an attack on current methods of city planning and rebuilding." She single-handedly undercut her era’s orthodox model of city planning, exemplified by the massive Urban Renewal projects of New York’s “Master Builder,” Robert Moses. Jacobs and Moses figure centrally as archetypes of the “bottom up” and the “top down” approaches to planning and city building, respectively.
The film begins at 6:30 p.m. Run time is 92 minutes. Panel discussion and question-answer session follow the film.