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Citizen Jane, Battle for the City Film & Theater

  • Paramount Theatre
  • 713 Congress Avenue
  • Austin, TX 78701
  • January 28, 2018
  • Time: Doors: 6:00pm | Show: 7:00pm
  • Price: $14 - $54

The Paramount Theatre and Preservation Austin present a screening of the award-winning documentary Citizen Jane: Battle for the City followed by a panel discussion featuring experts from the fields of historic preservation, urban design, and architecture. Some say that Jane Jacobs, subject of the documentary, single-handedly saved the soul of New York City in the 1960s. Join us to find out how! (AIA Continuing Education Credits: 1LU) 

About the film:
“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, who was involved in many fights in mid-century New York, to stop “master builder” Robert Moses from running roughshod over the city. This film retraces the battles for the city as personified by Jacobs and Moses, as urbanization moves to the very front of the global agenda. Many of the clues for formulating solutions to the dizzying array of urban issues can be found in Jacobs’s prescient text, and a close second look at her thinking and writing about cities is very much in order. This film sets out to examine the city of today through the lens of one of its greatest champions.” -Altimeter Films 

About the panel:
Following the film, the panel features professionals and experts from the fields of historic preservation, urban design, and architecture. Austin is experiencing unbounded urban growth, with rapid development pressures prompting ongoing discussions between advocates for increased density and advocates for preserving historic neighborhoods. Austin’s ongoing rewrite of its land development code, dubbed CodeNEXT, has brought these discussions to the fore as the community strives to reach a consensus over what our city should look like – and how it should function – in the future. The panel will use Citizen Jane, and the lessons learned from mid-20th century urban renewal efforts, to put Austin’s present-day growth into context. Topics will include urban identity and sense of place, grassroots activism, development’s impact on urban economics, gentrification’s impact on historic minority communities, and the roles that both density and preservation should play in shaping Austin going forward. 

Citizen Jane, Battle for the City