Citizen Jane: Battle for the City
The UofL Center for Sustainable Urban Neighborhoods, in conjunction with the Speed Museum, presents this new documentary about legendary urban activist, Jane Jacobs. After the film, stay to enjoy a discussion from several well regarded community leaders on what makes “great neighborhoods.”
Citizen Jane is a timely tale of what can happen when engaged citizens fight the power for the sake of a better world. Arguably no one did more to shape our understanding of the modern American city than Jane Jacobs, the visionary activist and writer who fought to preserve urban communities in the face of destructive development projects.
Director Matt Tyranuer vividly brings to life Jacobs’ 1960s showdown with ruthless construction kingpin Robert Moses over his plan to raze lower Manhattan to make way for a highway, a dramatic struggle over the very soul of the neighborhood. The film will inspire Louisville neighborhood leaders to take back neighborhoods and make them livable.