Cit­i­zen Jane: Bat­tle for the City

TV Times - - Wednesday -

doc­u­men­tary / 10.00pm / BBC4

When ruth­less city plan­ner robert moses an­nounced in 1955 that a four-lane high­way was to be built through New York’s beloved Wash­ing­ton Square, jour­nal­ist Jane Ja­cobs, a lo­cal res­i­dent, de­cided she couldn’t let this trav­esty hap­pen. This fea­ture-length doc­u­men­tary tells the story of the many bat­tles be­tween Moses and Ja­cobs, and the clar­ion call that was Ja­cobs’s in­flu­en­tial 1961 book The Death and Life of Great Amer­i­can Cities.

A pas­sion­ate ur­ban ac­tivist, she be­lieved cities were about peo­ple, not build­ings – in con­trast to Moses, who was known as ‘the master builder’. In­spir­ing.

New York cit­i­zen ac­tivist Jane Ja­cobs

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