This timely documentary details the revolutionary thinking of Jane Jacobs and the origins of her magisterial 1961 treatise “The Death and Life of Great American Cities,” in which she single-handedly undercut her era’s orthodox model of city planning, exemplified by the massive Urban Renewal projects of New York “Master Builder” Robert Moses.
Jacobs and Moses figure centrally in the film as two larger-than-life personalities: Jacobs, a journalist with provincial origins and no formal training in city planning, and Robert Moses, the upper class, high prince of government and urban theory fully ensconced in New York’s halls of power and privilege. Both reveal themselves to be master tacticians who, in the middle of the 20th century, became locked in an epic struggle over the fate of the city.
After the film, check out the panel discussion with moderator Mike Battershell, and panelists Del Bharath-UNO doctoral student, Oscar Duran-neighborhood revitalization consultant, Fred Kent-founder and president of Projects for Public Spaces, and Todd Swirczek-city planner.
This screening falls on the opening night of Neighborhoods, USA (NUSA) 2017, a national conference hosted in Omaha-Council Bluffs May 24 to 27, 2017.
The film is a collaborative screening sponsored by Film Streams and ONE Omaha, as part of Film Streams Community Development Program. ONE Omaha is a community building partner housed within the UNO Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center.
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