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Citizen Jane: Battle for the City

Journalist and urban activist Jane Jacobs, who was born in Pennsylvania but moved to New York, was passionate about the Big Apple and was vociferous in her criticism of powerful city planner Robert Moses, who was determined to redevelop many of the historic neighbourhoods. During the 1960s, she rebutted Moses' plans for Greenwich Village, Little Italy and Soho, arguing the importance of preserving the history, culture and personality of districts for future generations. She harnessed all of her energy in the book The Death And Life Of Great American Cities, which was a wake-up call to architects and city planners, who believed they could ride roughshod over existing communities in the pursuit of profits. To mark the centenary of Jacobs' birth, documentary filmmaker Matt Tyrnauer celebrates the activist's achievements and her enduring legacy on modern cityscapes.