'Citizen Jane' Documentary



Indiana Landmarks Center - 1201 N Central Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46202

Join Indiana Landmarks in a presentation of one of the first Indiana screenings of the documentary film, Citizen Jane: Battle for the City, about journalist and activist Jane Jacobs (1916-2006). Her 1961 book, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, became one of the most influential books in the history of American city planning and community development. In the ‘50s and ‘60s when Jane lived in New York City, she led successful grassroots campaigns against the powerful parks commissioner, public works and transit czar Robert Moses who favored a bulldoze-and-replace approach to urban planning. Jane fought his proposals to destroy Washington Square Park and the historic buildings of Greenwich Village and carve a ruinous expressway through lower Manhattan. She routinely asked whether we are building cities for people or for cars, a timely question as Indianapolis faces the potential expansion of the downtown interstate.

‘Citizen Jane’ provides understanding of what makes a city tick

Doors open with a cash bar at 5:30 p.m., followed by the film, 6-7:45 p.m. Purchase tickets using the form or by calling 317-639-4534.

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