Citizen Jane: Battle for The City, 2016
DOCUMENTARY OF ACTIVIST & AUTHOR, JANE JACOBS
I have a used copy of Systems of Survival by Jane Jacobs sitting in a small bookshelf that’s essentially just a visual queue of books to read next. I still have yet to sit and actually read my copy unfortunately, no matter how tempted I am to start another book before finishing an existing one. It’s the only book I have of hers currently, but I’ll be pushing it back in the queue a bit further by adding a used copy of The Death and Life of Great American Cities in front of it after watching Citizen Jane: Battle for the City.
Since I haven’t been able to read any of her works yet, I figured I’d allow myself to kick it off with this documentary, which is now available to watch on Hulu. There are a lot of great quotes and moments in here, and many references to The Death and Life, which is why I’ll be adding it to my reading list sooner rather than later—accessing text versions of some of those moments while being exposed to so much more. I highly recommend watching this one if you haven’t done so already, especially if your design readings are filled with more lust and praise for Modernism than not.
After watching Citizen Jane, there’s a related documentary I’m interested in watching called, The Pruitt-Igoe Myth, though it will be more of a challenge to get through because of how fucked up it is. Trailer below.