Citizen Jane: Battle for the City Reviews
Her argument was simple but effective cities should be made for people not productivity. She fought so hard in clearly a man's era.
She halted the production of developments that if went ahead would destroy the DNA of NYC. Truly a testament that one can make a difference, a stirring & sensational documentary.
Unfortunately, this wasn't a terribly compelling film, even with my interest in the subject. Lots of archival footage, voiceovers, talking heads...nothing exciting or different, just informative. Even the three major fights that formed the core of the film felt kind of distant...they just weren't really brought to life.
The film also felt like it wandered a bit for a while, even though it was all basically tied to a core thesis - big government planning = bad, although ostensibly there had to be enough planning in the first place to build the neighborhoods she cherished.
While I lean towards Jacobs' community-centric model, I don't know that either Jacobs or Moses was totally right or wrong, as not many places are like NYC, but there's ostensibly more community input now, although rather than government-led, most projects in general are developer-led, and what they say usually goes, for better or for worse.