In the 1960s, urban planners in New York wanted to tear down several neighborhoods to build expressways. Journalist and activist Jane Jacobs strongly opposed these plans, arguing they would worsen living conditions and lead to an increase in criminality. Her book "The Death and Life of Great American Cities" put urbanization at the forefront of the agenda, and its influence on the way we think about urban planning cannot be overstated. This documentary takes a closer look at Jacobs’ ideas and her struggle to save New York City.
Matt Tyrnauer (USA) Selected filmography: STUDIO 54 (2018), SCOTTY AND THE SECRET HISTORY OF HOLLYWOOD (2010), VALENTINO: THE LAST EMPEROR (2008)