Robert Moses

It's bulldozers vs. neighborhoods in 'Citizen Jane's' clash of the urban renewal titans

It's bulldozers vs. neighborhoods in 'Citizen Jane's' clash of the urban renewal titans

Anyone seeking a demonstration of how completely orthodoxy and heresy can change places need look no further than the brisk documentary "Citizen Jane: Battle for the City."

That Jane is Jane Jacobs — journalist, activist, author of the landmark 1961 book "The Death and Life of Great American Cities" — whose pro-neighborhood, pro-street life thesis that "no logic can be superimposed on a city, it is people who make it" is so completely accepted today that it's instructive to realize how far out of the mainstream it was once considered.

That mainstream was forcefully represented by city planner par excellence Robert Moses, perhaps the most...

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