Citizen Jane: Battle for the City Poster

Release Date: April 21st, 2017

Not Yet Rated|1 hr 32 min

Plot Summary
Arguably no one did more to shape understanding of the modern American city than Jane Jacobs, the visionary activist and author of "The Death and Life of Great American Cities" who fought to preserve urban communities in the face of destructive development projects. Here, she fights against the ruthless redevelopment projects of urban planner Robert Moses.

Director: Matt Tyrnauer

Genres: Documentary

Production Co: Altimeter Films

Distributors: IFC Films

Keywords: Escape, Brooding, New York City, Engaging, Quest, Transformation, Rivalry, 1960s, Fall

Ratings & Reviews

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  • Jacobs argued that what looks to officialdom like disorder is actually what makes a crowded human landscape function — it's just a more complex order. This compelling documentary lets you see the beauty she found in that complexity. show more

  • As a history of this war of ideas and as an introduction to Jacobs, the film is essential. But it also pivots toward a great challenge: today’s global urbanization. show more

  • Unfortunately, the climax comes with more than a half hour to go, and the film, losing its focus on Jane Jacobs, turns its attention to the urban-renewal plague that devastated cities across America. show more

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