Thursday, April 27, 2017

'Citizen Jane': A Documentary About Author and Activist Jane Jacobs Who Saved Much of Historic New York City

Yesterday, I watched an interesting and captivating documentary called "Citizen Jane: Battle for the City" (2016) that tells the story about author and activist Jane Jacobs, author of the 1961 book "The Death and Life of Great American Cities", and her fellow citizens that fought to save the historic buildings and neighborhoods in New York in the 50's and 60's against modernists like city planner Robert Moses.

Directed by Matt Tyrnauer (@mtyrnauer), the documentary contains lots of beautiful archive footage of New York architecture, and close-ups of magazine and newspaper articles from the 60's era that I so much appreciate.

The documentary also evokes lots of reflections regarding our modern cities and how we can go ahead and develop our urban areas without sacrificing too many historic buildings, an issue I feel is very relevant regarding the city I'm living in, Gothenburg, where some beautiful and historic buildings that neither are uninhabitable or totally run-down, are at risk to be replaced by modern high-rise buildings.

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