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Citizen Jane: Battle for the City (2016)

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Writer and urban activist Jane Jacobs fights to save historic New York City during the ruthless redevelopment era of urban planner Robert Moses in the 1960s.

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Writer and urban activist Jane Jacobs fights to save historic New York City during the ruthless redevelopment era of urban planner Robert Moses in the 1960s.

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Fifty years ago, one women fought for the people of New York City.


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$31,451 (USA) (21 April 2017)

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Great documentary on urban preservation vs. renewal
26 June 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Jane Jacobs and the successful battle to oppose Robert Moses' planned lower Manhattan expressway in the 1960s is the focus of this doc, but the film also raises general questions about the overreach of city planners who are too quick to tear buildings down and not very wise about the new buildings and highways that go in their place.

It's a huge topic, so it was wise to focus here on Manhattan, where enough forms of political greed and poor planning took place to document the folly that went into projects that were completed, like the Cross-Bronx Expressway, along with some that weren't, like the prospect of bringing urban renewal to the West Village.

Lots of footage Moses, Jacobs, and the wrecking ball and we'll put together from beginning to end.


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