Citizen Jane: Battle for the City (PG)
USA/2016/92mins/PG. Dir: Matt Tyrnauer
Legendary writer and urban activist Jane Jacobs fought a David-and-Goliath battle again NYC ‘master builder’ Robert Moses to preserve the historic neighbourhoods of Greenwich Village, Soho, and Little Italy against Moses’ plans to divide (and destroy) them with expressways. Her 1960 book The Death and Life of Great American Cities, sent shockwaves through the architecture and planning worlds. Exciting and inspirational, Citizen Jane delivers a timely and much-needed lesson in how the power of the people can win out against the self-serving plans of the elite.