In 1960, Jane Jacobs’s book The Death and Life of Great American Cities sent shockwaves through the architecture and planning worlds, with its exploration of the consequences of modern planners’ and architects’ reconfiguration of cities. Jacobs was also an activist, who was involved in many fights in mid-century New York, to stop “master builder” Robert Moses from running roughshod over the city. This film retraces the battles for the city as personified by Jacobs and Moses, as urbanization moves to the very front of the global agenda. This film sets out to examine the city of today though the lens of one of its greatest champions.
Esker Foundation is proud to partner with Sidewalk Citizen on the presentation of this film. The bakery is generously providing complimentary treats created in response to the film. Coincidentally, the novel by Jane Jacobs was the inspiration for the naming of the bakery.