As Vancouverites worry about housing, development, and the future of the city, a documentary about a renowned urban activist's effort to save cities is getting a timely release.
Citizen Jane: Battle for the City chronicles how the highly influential Jane Jacobs, author of The Death and Life of Great American Cities, launched a fight against NYC city planner Robert Moses over the Lower Manhattan Expressway in New York City and his plans to overhaul Greenwich Village.
After being arrested in 1968 for inciting a crowd at an NYC public hearing, the later moved to Toronto where she led opposition to the Spadina Expressway.
The film opens on Friday (April 21) at Vancity Theatre.
After the 7 p.m. screening on Tuesday (April 25), a special panel discussion will be held, featuring Vancouver city planner Brent Toderian, urbanist Yuri Artibise, and architect Elizabeth Mackenzie (moderated by journalist Frances Bula).
After Jacobs' death in 2006, her friends and colleagues launched Jane's Walk, an international movement offering free, citizen-led walking tours to help citizens explore their own cities and connect with their communities.
What's more, the Jane's Walk Festival will be held from May 5 to 7, with walks being held at UBC, False Creek, Wreck Beach, Mole Hill, Granville Island, Commercial Drive, and more.
For more information, visit the Jane's Walk website.