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  • Detroit Institute of Arts 5200 Woodward Avenue Detroit, MI, 48202 United States (map)

Recommended Event: Citizen Jane: Battle for the City

In 1960, Jane Jacobs’ 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 involved in many fights in mid-century New York to stop so-called master builder Robert Moses from running roughshod over the city. Citizen Jane retraces the battles for the city as personified by Jacobs and Moses, as urbanization moves to the very front of the global agenda. The film sets out to examine the city of today through the lens of one of its greatest champions – a voice who remains influential to this day, including in Detroit, where her strategies have been mined in recent years for some of the city's highest-profile redevelopment projects. Michigan premiere. (92 minutes)