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Citizen Jane: Battle for the City - Norsk Film Institutt Screening (Oslo)

The brutal and unfriendly modernist urban development had raged for many decades when journalist and activist Jane Jacobs stood up against what she saw as a destruction of all that created community in a city. The big battlefield became New York, and the arch enemy was head of urban planning, Robert Moses, known for his megalomaniac plans, including the demolition of entire Manhattan neighborhoods. Jane challenged the birds eye view of the city, and argued that it is on street level that the organism of the city is created. Sadly, this problem is just as valid today, fifty years on. Who has the right to the city?