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Opening Film: Citizen Jane: Battle for the City 

  • Otsesaga Hotel 60 Lake Street Cooperstown, NY, 13326 United States (map)

Post-screening Discussion with

film interviewee Sanford Ikeda, Professor of Economics, SUNY-Purchase


Jane Jacobs was an American folk hero, a grassroots revolutionary with no college degrees who, of her own accord, resisted the establishment—the entrenched urban planners and developers of postwar America who had an ally in New York’s Robert Moses, the City Parks Commissioner. Jane Jacobs won a pivotal battle with Moses and, in the process, changed our ways of understanding the nature of urban design and urban living. Her own battleground was her timeworn Greenwich Village neighborhood in the 1950s, a mix of townhouses and tenements on twisting streets that ran contrary to the rigidity of the rest of Manhattan. Citizen Jane: Battle for the City brings together interviews, archival footage, and commentary that forms a complex portrait of this woman who was ahead of her time in anticipating the dangers of progressive urban planning. While her nemesis Moses was fixated on cars and expressways, Jacobs believed in sidewalks and foot traffic. “Big cities thrive,” she wrote in The Death and Life of Great American Cities, “because they are full of healthy micro-villages.” (Matt Tyrnauer, 2016, USA, 92 minutes)

$7 tickets available to purchase at the door.