Film screening: Citizen Jane

A must watch for those campaigning on WestConnex - a fascinating film with many relevant lessons.

With WestConnex M4 - M5 Stage 3 ominously pressing on the inner city we look to this film to learn important lessons on galvanising our communities in protest and people power.

Here are the details:

Date: 26 September

Time: 6-8pm

Place: Palace Norton Street cinema , 99 Norton Street, Leichhardt

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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 in mid-century New York, campaigning to stop master builder Robert Moses from running roughshod over the city.

As urbanisation moves to the very front of the global agenda, this film retraces the battles for the city as personified by Jacobs and Moses. Many of the clues for formulating solutions to the dizzying array of urban issues are still very relevant today, especially in discussions about the construction of WestConnex.

This film sets out to examine the city of today through the lens of one of its greatest champions. It confirms that some of the same battles continue today.


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